WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Olympic gold medal-winning sevens rugby coach Gareth Baber won’t renew his contract with the Fiji Rugby Union when it expires in November.
The Fiji union had provided Baber a brand new contract via the 2024 Olympic Video games however the Wales-based coach has determined to pursue different alternatives.
Fiji Rugby chief government John OConnor stated Baber had expressed a need to educate knowledgeable membership staff within the 15-a-side sport. He had chosen to finish his affiliation with Fiji reluctantly and with nice unhappiness, and likewise contemplating the pursuits and well-being of his household.
We completely respect the choice made by Gareth and thank him for his service to Fiji Rugby and to Fiji, OConnor stated. We’re all happy with Gareths achievements, culminating within the gold medal protection on the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Gareth has sought consideration to be launched early from his contract by Nov. 30, 2021 and the board has accepted and endorsed his request.
OConnor stated the place of Fiji mens head coach can be marketed.
Whereas we’re going via the method of promoting the place and going via the recruitment course of, the Fijiana (womens) sevens head coach Saiasi Fuli can be overseeing the (males’s) Fijian sevens program and can be supported by twin Olympic gold medal-winner and captain Jerry Tuwai because the staff put together for the Dubai Sevens (Nov. 26-27), he stated.
Baber took over from England-born head coach Ben Ryan who coached the Fiji mens staff to the gold medal on the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens event at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He led the staff to the World Sevens Collection title in 2019 earlier than guiding the protection of their Olympic title in Tokyo this 12 months.
It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I’ve to tell Fiji Rugby and the individuals of Fiji that I cannot be accepting the contract supply to educate the Fijian sevens staff to the subsequent Olympic Video games, Baber stated. I’ve a burning ambition to problem my teaching once more within the 15s atmosphere and know that I have to immerse myself on this if Im really to be measured and to progress in my teaching profession.”
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