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Olympic Champion 7s Coach Gareth Baber To Depart Fiji

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Olympic gold medal-winning sevens rugby coach Gareth Baber is not going to renew his contract with the Fiji Rugby Union when it expires in November.

The Fiji union had provided Baber a brand new contract by means of the 2024 Olympic Video games however the Wales-based coach has determined to pursue different alternatives.

Fiji Rugby chief govt John OConnor mentioned Baber had expressed a need to educate an expert membership group within the 15-a-side sport. He had chosen to finish his affiliation with Fiji reluctantly and with nice disappointment, and in addition contemplating the pursuits and well-being of his household.

We completely respect the choice made by Gareth and thank him for his service to Fiji Rugby and to Fiji, OConnor mentioned. We’re all happy with Gareths achievements, culminating within the gold medal protection on the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Gareth has sought consideration to be launched early from his contract by Nov. 30, 2021 and the board has accepted and endorsed his request.

OConnor mentioned the place of Fiji mens head coach might be marketed.

Whereas we’re going by means of the method of promoting the place and going by means of the recruitment course of, the Fijiana (womens) sevens head coach Saiasi Fuli might be overseeing the (males’s) Fijian sevens program and might be supported by twin Olympic gold medal-winner and captain Jerry Tuwai because the group put together for the Dubai Sevens (Nov. 26-27), he mentioned.

Baber took over from England-born head coach Ben Ryan who coached the Fiji mens group to the gold medal on the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens match at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He led the group to the World Sevens Collection title in 2019 earlier than guiding the protection of their Olympic title in Tokyo this yr.

It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I’ve to tell Fiji Rugby and the individuals of Fiji that I cannot be accepting the contract provide to educate the Fijian sevens group to the following Olympic Video games, Baber mentioned. I’ve a burning ambition to problem my teaching once more within the 15s atmosphere and know that I need to immerse myself on this if Im really to be measured and to progress in my teaching profession.”

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