Fiji Rugby reveals Gareth Baber as the new Consultant National Program Manager for 7s Rugby.

Suva, Fiji – February 20th, 2024 – Fiji Rugby is delighted to announce Gareth Baber’s appointment as the Consultant National Program Manager for 7s Rugby, overseeing both the men’s and women’s national 7s programs. As the former coach of the 2020 men’s 7s Olympic gold medal-winning team, Baber will play a vital role in implementing a comprehensive strategy as the teams gear up for this year’s Summer Olympics.

With extensive experience in rugby management and a proven track record of success, Gareth Baber brings a unique combination of leadership, strategic insight, and technical prowess to his new position. His involvement comes at a crucial juncture for Fiji Rugby, with the national 7s teams preparing for the remaining matches of the HSBC SVNS Series and the Summer Olympics 7s competition scheduled for July 24th to 30th in France.

Baber will oversee all facets of the men’s and women’s national 7s programs, including player development, coaching tactics, tournament readiness, and performance analysis. He will collaborate closely with coaches, players, and support staff to ensure that both the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team and Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s are fully equipped to compete at the highest level internationally.

His appointment underscores Fiji Rugby’s dedication to excellence and its determination to uphold its status as a dominant force in the world of rugby sevens. Baber’s leadership and expertise will be pivotal in elevating the performance standards of both the men’s and women’s national 7s teams as they strive to secure medals at the Olympics.

In response to his appointment, Gareth expressed, “I am deeply honored and privileged to serve as the National Program Manager for 7s. I recognize the rich tradition of excellence in men’s and women’s rugby sevens in Fiji and the significance it holds for the nation. I am committed to honoring this legacy and utilizing it as a cornerstone for our preparations for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

“I eagerly anticipate collaborating with the talented players and dedicated staff to uphold Fiji Rugby’s prominence on the global stage. Additionally, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Cardiff Met University for their steadfast support in this decision, and I eagerly anticipate developing the Rugby Programme post-Olympics.”

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