5 Jun 2017

Sport: Fiji Rugby boost high performance coaches

12:48 pm on 5 June 2017

The Fiji Rugby Union have beefed up their strength and conditioning team with the appointments of Damian Marsh and John Pryor.

Marsh will join the FRU High Performance Unit as Head of Athletic Performance, having worked with professional sporting teams for 17 years, including the ACT Brumbies and Queensland Reds.

He has also carried out Strength and Conditioning duties with the Australian U21 (2002-2004) and Australia 'A' Rugby Teams (2003-2007).

"I have always admired the passion displayed by the Vodafone Flying Fijians team and the support they get from the Fijian people," he said.

It is a great opportunity to join John McKee's coaching staff and I'm excited to play a role in developing the team's rugby specific physical qualities."

Marsh's role will cover all FRU High Performance Teams, and have a positive influence on all levels of Fijian Rugby.

Damian Marsh and John Pryor.

Damian Marsh and John Pryor. Photo: Supplied / Fiji Rugby Union

John Pryor has been appointed to the role of Flying Fijians Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and was previously Head of Athletic Performance for Japan Rugby Union for five years, including during their impressive run at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He has over 20 years of experience working with high performance sports programs, including with the Australian and Japanese Test teams, as well as Super Rugby and Japanese club squads.

Pryor currently consults for the ACT Brumbies and Suntory in Japan.

"I was head of performance for Japan for four years before the 2015 Rugby World Cup," he said.

"Preparing for the Pacific Nations Cup was part of that job. Fiji was the team that always gave me and the coaching staff nightmares but I also very much enjoyed the Fijian style."

The Fiji Rugby Union said while there will be a strong focus on securing World Cup qualification and preparation, it was expected the pair will benfit all national teams, including sevens and domestic rugby.