FRU sets the bar for next coach

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The Flying Fijians team huddle up during training. Picture: FIJI RUGBY/FILE

THOSE wishing to coach the Flying Fijians must have proven experience in leading high performance rugby teams at the international or Super Rugby level within the past 12 months.

That’s one of several key criteria in the job vacancy ad put out by New Zealand sports recruitment company Global Elite Sports on behalf of the Fiji Rugby Union.

The position of head coach of the Fiji team was made vacant after Simon Raiwalui’s contract came to an end following the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall leadership, selection and coaching of the national men’s XVs senior team, the team’s performance on and off the field and will lead the team at all international competitions and tournaments, including the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

The head coach will provide direction to the high performance program and be involved in the development of high-potential Fiji[1]an players, and staff, across the performance pathway including the Fijian Drua Super Rugby Pacific franchise.

The coach will need to have World Rugby Level 3 Coaching Accreditation and to live in Fiji for the duration of their contact.

Application will close on January 12. Meanwhile, Senirusi Seruvakula is the acting coach of the Flying Fijians until an appointment is made.