Flying Fijians Head Coach Appointment is a Three-Way Process

The appointment of the Head Coach of the Fiji Water Flying Fijians is being decided by the Coalition government, Fiji Rugby Union, and World Rugby.

In a statement released late on Monday, FRU says this is to ensure that the appointee and the appointment are made under relevant requirements.

“In light of the delay, the FRU would like to clarify that the decision-making process also involves gaining agreement on the appointment with all Tri-partite stakeholders, including the FRU, Fiji Government, and World Rugby.”

“This collaborative approach is essential to ensure alignment and consensus on this critical appointment.”

At the beginning of the year, FRU Administrator Simi Valenitabua had assured that an appointment would be made by February after talent scouts, Global Elite Management in New Zealand had put out the vacancy in late December.

Yesterday the statement said there had been two rounds of interviews conducted.

“We are pleased to report that the selection process has attracted a field of high-quality applicants, each of whom has undergone a rigorous two-stage interview process followed by a final interview with the Fiji Rugby Board.”

“The caliber of the candidates has made the decision-making process particularly challenging. It is paramount for any successful candidate to demonstrate not only technical prowess but also a profound understanding of Fijian culture, values, and rugby history. As such, the FRU remains committed to ensuring that the chosen candidate embodies these essential qualities.”

Candidates for the job include current Fijian Drua coach Mick Byrnes, and former Fijian Drua Women’s coach Senirusi Seruvakula.

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