25 Feb 2023

Ex-captain to be Fiji's new national coach

9:41 am on 25 February 2023
New Fiji Rugby High Performance boss Simon Raiwalui has held coaching roles in France and with the Wallabies.

Simon Raiwalui Photo: AFP

Fiji's former captain Simon Raiwalui is the new head coach of the Flying Fijians with less than seven months to go before the Rugby World Cup kicks off in France.

Fiji Rugby Union announced earlier this month that New Zealand coach Scott Robertson was offered a role.

But it appears the Crusaders mentor did not take up the offer after Raiwalui's appointment was confirmed at Rugby House in Suva on Friday.

The former lock forward has been involved in the game as a player and a coach for almost three decades.

In his most recent role, he was FRU's high performance unit general manager.

He said the Flying Fijians have a lot of work to do for the Rugby World Cup.

"It's obviously a very short runway, we've just got under seven, seven months to go to the Rugby World Cup so we've got a lot of wrok to do.

"I think one of the biggest things for us is reconnecting with the people reconnecting with Fiji and we must be the team of the people. So my job is to give direction to the staff and the purpose to the players."