Overseas interests for top jobs

Friday March 06, 2020 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Cook Islands Rugby Union’s Ben Koteka. Cook Islands Rugby Union’s Ben Koteka.

Rugby looking for new 7s and 15s coaches 

Cook Islands Rugby Union has received overseas interests for top coaching jobs it advertised this week.

The national rugby union body is seeking applications for the men’s and women’s 7s and men’s 15s head coaches.

Ben Koteka, Union’s development manager, said they have received interest from Fiji and New Zealand for these jobs.

Koteka said they would also consider Cook Islands-based coaches for these positions.

The minimum requirement is level two coaching qualification, he said.

“The position is from 2020 to 2023. The successful candidate will be given a contract for a period of four years. The positions are based on performance, and contracts will be reviewed on an annual base,” Koteka said.

The 2024 Olympic Games qualification will be the major assignment for the two 7s coaches while the 15s will focus on the 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

“There are some major events coming up and the new coaches will be assigned to prepare the teams for these events,” Koteka said.

“The road to the Rugby World Cup 2023 will start from next year with the qualifiers. And then we have the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers for our 7s teams. These roles are surely challenging.”
Former national rep Stan Wright coached the Cook Islands 15s team to stage two of 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers. The national side lost the home and away matches played in 2018 to Hong Kong.

Andrew Iroa coached the national 7s team last year after taking over from veteran Vase Samania.

Applications for these coaching roles close on March 13. Applicants can send their curriculum vitae (CV) to Ben Koteka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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