19 Jan 2007

Pivac resigns from Fiji Rugby Union

7:14 pm on 19 January 2007

Meanwhile Fiji's national Rugby Union coach Wayne Pivac has tendered his resignation after talks with FRU chairman and chief executive.

Mr Pivac explained that while he has enjoyed his work in Fiji, being away from his family in New Zealand has not been easy.

He says that after discussing things with his family over Christmas, they felt that another year apart would be difficult.

FRU chairman Keni Dakuidreketi says Mr Pivac would finish work at the end of next week, and that "the parting is mutual and amicable".

Pivac joined the FRU in February 2004 and led the FMF Flying Fijians to nine victories in 15 Test matches.

He also played an important role in the setting up of the Colonial Cup - FRU's elite franchise competition.

Mr Dakuidreketi says Pivac has lifted the standard of loca rugby in Fiji.

The coach himself says that coaching in Fiji has been a great experience for him, and that winning the Rugby World Cup of sevens in 2005 was one of the highlights.