October 15, 2021
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Baber wants to coach a professional club

Olympic gold medal winning coach Gareth Baber has expressed his desire to guide a professional club in the 15s game.

While confirming his decision to step down as the head coach of the Fiji men’s team, Baber said he has a burning ambition to challenge his coaching again in the 15s environment and knows that he must immerse himself in this if he has to truly measure his progress in the coaching career.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform Fiji Rugby and the people of Fiji that I will not be accepting the contract offer to coach the Fijian 7s Team to the next Olympic Games.”

“I’m an individual who is driven by the challenge of the sport that I love, and this is what brought me to Fiji in the first place, the chance to coach the best 7s team in the best rugby nation in the world.

“My family and I have lived the sporting experiences in Fiji that I never thought would have been possible and I cannot express my gratitude enough to the FRU Board and everyone for supporting us on our journey,” said Baber.

Baber’s contract officially ends with FRU on 30 November and he will be providing support to the team and interim coach Saiasi Fuli as the team builds up to the Dubai 7s next month.

By Reginald Chandar


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