Sorovaki appointed Fiji U20 coach
02 March, 2012
|Fiji U20 head coach Sale Sorovaki (right) with assistant coach Bill Gadolo (left) and team manager Aporosa Tuqovu (middle). |
The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has appointed former Flying Fijians captain and current rugby development manager, Sale Sorovaki, as head coach of the Fiji U20 team to the Junior World Championship (JWC) in South Africa.
Hailing from the island of Kadavu, Sorovaki was educated at Lomaivuna Primary School, Naitasiri before moving on to Lelean Memorial School in Nausori and then Wesley College in New Zealand. He lived in New Zealand for 12 years playing in the National Provincial Competition for Wellington in 1993 and 1994 and later moved to Japan to take up a four year rugby contract. Sorovaki first represented Fiji on 8 April, 1995 scoring a try on debut in a 10-22 loss to Canada. Altogether he played 19 Tests for Fiji, his last cap coming in 1998 against Tonga.
“I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity to coach and mould our future Flying Fijians,” Sorovaki said.
“I’m passionate about developing the game particularly amongst our youth and I feel very honoured to be at the forefront of this development both as the under 20 head coach as well as in my role as development manager,” Sorovaki said.
Sorovaki will be assisted in his role as head coach by former Flying Fijians hooker Bill Gadolo. Gadolo hails from Welagi Village on the island of Taveuni but played his club rugby for Lomaiviti in the Suva Rugby Union club competition.
As a coach Gadolo has previously been appointed Nadi forwards coach in 2009 and in 2010 was head coach of Suva.
The team will be managed by Aporosa Tuqovu, one of the country’s most renowned Fijian language sports commentators and currently the FRU’s senior operations officer. Tuqovu hails from the village of Nabua in Rewa.
Meanwhile the JWC grows from strength to strength with last year’s edition in Italy smashing previous record broadcast and online coverage for an Age Grade Rugby tournament. It was screened live by 19 broadcasters to 142 countries with a global potential reach of more than 174 million homes. The cumulative total of live coverage for the three-week tournament was projected to be 280 hours in 18 languages.
The 12-team tournament brings together the future stars of world Rugby, with more than 110 players making their senior Test debut in the past four years after appearing in the showcase event. With three back to back matches per venue on each of the five match days, intense and competitive action and a host of talented players on show, the JWC is now a proven hit for both broadcasters and fans as well as the participating unions.
FRU chief executive officer believes Fiji should be immensely proud that Fiji’s top youngsters are able to showcase their talent on such a world stage.
“I take immense pride in the knowledge our best young players more than hold their own in this world class tournament with Fiji being ranked sixth in the world,” said FRU chief executive officer, Manasa Baravilala.
“I have every faith in Sale and the new coaching and management team to maintain and better our standing in South Africa where the team will be exposed to a huge world audience with interest in the game at youth and age grade level growing exponentially every year.”
Fiji is in Pool A at the JWC alongside defending champions New Zealand, newcomers Samoa and Wales whom Fiji beat last year in Italy.