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Savou - takes another swing Underline 25 January, 2011 Feeling
Assistant coach, Jo Savou.
battered and bruised like an aging boxer Josateki Savou relinquished the reins of coaching the Digicel Fiji 7s team in 2008 after one too many literary knocks from a harsh rugby public who convicted and condemned him after only one season as national coach. 

Some of the taunts and comments he faced after replacing Waisale Serevi as coach were almost intolerable as the tide of public opinion crashed around him like a violent tsunami. 

But just like a good prizefighter (and in the words of legendary heavy metal band ACDC) Savou ‘is back in the ring to take another swing’, as he returns this time as assistant coach to Iliesa Tanivula for the Wellington 7s. 

“There was a lot of pressure on me when I took over from Serevi in 2008, especially from the public and the media and I couldn’t concentrate with everyone publically judging my every move,” Savou said. 

However after guiding Wardens to the Compac Sigatoka 7s title on January 15 and to the semi-finals of the Uprising 7s last weekend where his team, in both tournaments, disposed of shadow national side Digicel Barbarians, Savou believes he is now a better coach. 

“I think now I’m a lot more confident and mature enough and I’m looking forward to assisting national coach Iliesa Tanivula and the Digicel Fiji 7s team.” 

In selecting Jo Savou as assistant coach the Fiji Rugby Union’s high performance unit manager, Talemo Waqa, believes Savou will work well with national coach Tanivula. 

“Wardens have been performing exceptionally well in the Fiji TV provincial series and Savou has developed a winning structure in the tackle-ruck situation, an area where we’ve often found challenging,” Waqa said. 

“Savou understands the IRB circuit well and its demands and pressures and should be a more than able assistant to Tanivula,” 

Savou’s appointment as assistant coach is effective immediately and he is expected to travel with the Digicel Fiji 7s team to Wellington on 31 January.
Other January 2011 News Underline
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A dream week for Gaunimeke 28 January, 2011 
Fiji TV 7s moves to Nausori 27 January, 2011 
IRB Statement of Clarification Regarding the Fiji Rugby Union 26 January, 2011 
Savou - takes another swing 25 January, 2011 
Fiji Rugby's countdown clock 25 January, 2011 
Red Rock win Uprising 7s 22 January, 2011 
Fiji International Uprising 7s - Day 1 Results and Pools 21 January, 2011 
Las Vegas 7s live in US 20 January, 2011 
2011 Uprising Fiji International 7s - Pools and Schedule 19 January, 2011 
Date change for FRU SGM 18 January, 2011 
Local players impress Mumm 18 January, 2011 
Digicel Babas to play in Uprising 7s 17 January, 2011 
FRU Life Member Inoke Tabualevu passes away 17 January, 2011 
Namosi One win Sigatoka 7s 15 January, 2011 
FRU Notice of Special General Meeting 14 January, 2011 
Compac Sigatoka 7s - Pools, Schedule and Results 14 January, 2011 
Tevita follows in Ratu Kiti's footsteps 13 January, 2011 
Air Pacific Fiji Warriors named 12 January, 2011 
FRU accounts 11 January, 2011 
Gavoka steps down as FRU chairman 11 January, 2011 
Trials for Warriors 11 January, 2011 
Compac Sigatoka 7s 10 January, 2011 
Camp for Digicel Fiji 7s players 10 January, 2011 
2010-11 Fiji TV Provincial 7s Series Table 10 January, 2011 
FRU Lottery Press Release 08 January, 2011 
FRU Grand Lottery winners 01 January, 2011 
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