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New coach

Arin Kumar
Monday, June 02, 2014

THE Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) wants a Fijian to be the next coach of the Vodafone Fiji Bati side.

Notable candidates for the job are Petero Civoniceva, Wise Kativerata and Joe Rabele.

However, FNRL chairman Reverend Immanuel Reuben said only Kativerata and Rabele had shown interest in taking up the post.

He said they were looking at making an appointment later this month.

"Rick Stone's contract has expired and his last match with us was against the Toa Samoa last month," Reuben said.

"Now we want a Fijian to take the job and take the Fiji Bati forward."

"Only two people have shown their interest in becoming coach so far and they are Wise Kativerata and Joe Rabele."

Reuben said they would advertise the post and those who were interested would have to apply for the post.

"We would advertise the post both locally and internationally and if no one from overseas applies then we will have to select the best local for the job."

He also said they were keen in using the grants by the Fiji National Sports Commission for overseas coaches but it would depend on who took the post.

"We want to capitalise on that (grants for overseas coach) but the thing is that overseas coaches do not understand our culture and ways.

"Also our players are not well educated and that is the reason we want a Fijian to take up the post so the Fijian coach can relate and integrate better with the players."

Meanwhile, the Test matches against Tonga and the tour to Canada have been postponed to a later date.

Tonga was to come to Fiji for a two-match tour while Fiji was to go to Canada for a tour after the Tonga tour.

"We have called off the Tonga tour because they are facing financial difficulties and we will have it later.

"The Canada tour as well is off for now because there was flooding in Canada and we will wait for them to recover.

"Italy has also shown interest in coming to Fiji for a two-match tour but nothing in black and white yet and we will wait for something on paper before we work on that."

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