Ratu Kadavulevu School Under 15 rugby coach Masi Saqanavere has been appointed to be the Head Coach of the Vodafone National Under 18 School Boys Team that will tour New Zealand next month.
Saqanavere is a World Rugby Level 3 accredited Coach and joins the High Performance Unit of Fiji Rugby with a vast experience in coaching.
Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor confirmed the appointment after the interview process was held last week.
O’Connor says Saqanavere stood out from the other two capable applicants who were involved in Coaching at Provincial level.
He says Saqanavere’s first task is the New Zealand tour that is going to take place by the end of next month.
Saqanavere is no stranger to Fiji Rugby where he was the manager of the Vodafone Fijian Under‑20s to the World Junior Championship in Argentina earlier this year.
The Vodafone National Under‑18 School Boys Team will tour New Zealand to plays New Zealand Maori, New Zealand Barbarians, New Zealand Schools Boys, and Australian Boys from the 26th of September to the 4th of October.
The Fiji Rugby Union is also expected to name the National School Boys Under 14, 15, 16 and 17 later this week for training camps next week.
Vodafone Fiji‑Under 18s Extended Squad:
John Mullaer Ratu Kadavulevu School
Marika Nawadua Lelean Memorial School
Alipate Toko Natabua High School
Semi Qica Ratu Kadavulevu School
Seremaia Komailevuka Marist Brother High School
Easi Tawake Lelean Memorial School
Draunidalo Ratu Kadavulevu School
Noa Baivatu Latter Day Saints
Aisake Raqacia Queen Victoria School
Jacoro Waqanivalu Marist Brothers High School
Asivorosi Tora Ratu Kadavulevu School
Lorima Nodrakuro Latter Day Saints
Kiti Salawa Ratu Navula College
Aporosa Dainiteri Nasinu Secondary School
Inia Yavala Ratu Kadavulevu School
Maximus Lestro Lelean Memorial School
Ilikimi Torosi Ratu Kadavulevu School
Talatala Tokaibai Marist Brothers High School
Semi Savubula Queen Victoria School
Mosese Qionimacawa Ratu Kadavulevu School
Isimeli Nayacakalou Lelean Memorial School
Onisimo Yabaki Queen Victoria School
Josateki Tuituba Cuvu College
Mesake Tove Cuvu College
Jovilisi Taraka Ratu Kadavulevu School
Kelepi Mataitonga Cuvu College
Jack Volavola Cuvu College
Rupeni Geka Lelean Memorial School
Evironi Korobiau Ratu Kadavulevu School
Kelemedi Tubutubu Latter Day Saints
Maikeli Virimi Ratu Kadavulevu School
Aisea Natoga Swami Vivekanandan
Michael Ofati Lelean Memorial School
Lino Koroibuto Lelean Memorial School
Senirusi Rauqe Marist Brothers High School
Sevuloni Lutu Cuvu College
Ilaitia Nabati Ratu Navula College
Nemani Mudreilagi Natabua High School
Vuate Karawalevu Marist Brothers High School
Rusiate Kaibau Queen Victoria School
Vodafone Fiji‑Under 18s Matches in New Zealand
22nd August – Rotorua
Vodafone Fiji‑Under 18s VS New Zealand Maori
26th August – Hamilton
Vodafone Fiji‑Under 18s VS Australian School Boys
30th August – Hamilton
Vodafone Fiji‑Under 18s VS New Zealand School Boys
4th September – Hamilton
Vodafone Fiji‑Under 18s VS New Zealand Barbarians
Source – FijiVillage