29 October, 2016, 12:00 am
FIJI Rugby Union is still in talks with the Fiji Sports Commission on the amount they have agreed to pay newly appointed 7s coach Gareth Baber.
Government in the past few years were trying to assist sports in the country via the payment of salaries for overseas coaches.
This year, Government had budgeted $1,510,000 for engagement of coaches apart from the $900,000 being budgeted for the Fiji Sports Commission —the body that looks after the payment of salaries for international coaches appointed to coach national teams.
Baber was yesterday announced as the new coach to take over the helm from two-time HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title winner and Olympics gold medal winning coach Ben Ryan.
“We’re thankful to Government for the financial assistance that they have helped FRU with. The CEO is having discussions with the Fiji Sports Commission in relation to the appropriate funding that the FRU Board has established and that Baber has agreed in accepting to be the new Fiji 7s coach,” FRU board chairman Francis Kean said.
“Baber came out as the successful applicant after Fiji Rugby Union board gave him the chance out of the four who were shortlisted,” Kean said.
“It’s been an interesting and a challenging exercise for the past few months, that has been undertaken by FRU and the management and the board to look for a replacement to lead the charge in our 7s competition which will be starting at the end of this year going into next year and the next four years,” Kean said.
Baber is however expected to be in the country well before the second leg of the rugby 7s series while national strength and conditioning coach Nacanieli Cawanibuka will look after the 7s team until then.