Former Fijian Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula admits he has his work cut out for him as he settles down in his new role as Fijiana XVs coach.
He will lead the side’s preparation to the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, in what is also the Fijiana’s first outing in the competition.
Seruvakula who guided the Fijian Drua to Fiji’s first Australian National Rugby Championship title in 2018, in his second year as the men’s XVs side coach says the transition from Fijiana Drua to Fijiana will be tough, but one he’s prepared to take on as he accepts Fiji Rugby Union’s offer.
“I’m excited for the opportunity at the same time I know it will be a challenge to switch from Drua to Fijiana but I’m 100% ready to guide the team,” he said.
FRU announced that it had offered Seruvakula the position in a press conference at Rugby House in Suva yesterday.
“It was a tough process and Seruvakula with a few others went through an interview process before the final decision was made by the Fiji Rugby Board earlier this month,” FRU Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor said.
He also thanked Ro Alifereti Doviverata for leading the team to qualification.
“Doviverata has led the campaign well and I sincerely thank him for his loyal service to the Team. We have had discussions with [him] and will continue discussion with him on his ongoing engagement in other capacity with the Fiji Rugby Union.”
At the same presser yesterday, FRU confirmed having extended Saiasi Fuli’s term as Fijiana 7s Head Coach to December 2021, allowing him to lead the team to the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan next year.