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Gareth Baber is new Fiji 7’s coach

Coach Gareth Baber working with his Hong Kong 7s team in Hong Kong. He has been named coach of the Fiji men's 7s team

NUKU’ALOFA-October 28: 11.30am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Fiji Rugby Union has named Welshman Gareth Baber, the current coach of the Hong Kong 7s team, as the new Head Coach of the Gold medal winning team.

He replaced Englishman Ben Ryan whose term expired after the Rio Olympics in August.

Baber will start in his new position towards the end of January, 2017 as he will need to serve three months after resigning as the coach of Hong Kong 7’s.

The announcement was made about 20 minutes ago in Suva by Fiji Rugby Union Board Chairman Frances Kean.

Kean said Baber was the best choice after all the shortlisted applicants were interviewed.

Baber is a former Wales 7s rep and also played for Pontypridd.

Baber was assistant coach with the Wales National Under 20 team and was also academy skills coach at Welsh regional side Cardiff Blues.

In July 2011 Baber and Justin Burnell were appointed Head Coaches of the Cardiff Blues following the resignation of Dai Young.

Since November 2013, Baber has been head of Hong Kong men’s rugby sevens and directs the senior men’s, women’s and youth programmes at elite level.

Meanwhile, trainer Nacanieli Cawanibuka will stand in as interim-coach for the Oceania 7s tournament in Suva next week and the Dubai 7s later next month.

Cawanibuka has been working with manager Ropate Kauvesi on the squad’s off-season program, following the gold medal win in Rio.


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