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Meet the Panellist

Learn more about the panellist taking part in this years Women in Rugby.… Respect Webinars.

Navigating the Coaching Pathway

Saiasi Fuli:

Former player turned coach Fuli was was the head coach of the University of the South Pacific team from 2009 to 2012. Following this he served as assistant coach for both the Fijian Drua in the National Rugby Championship in Australia and for the Fiji men's national sevens team. He has also worked in a sport development role for the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Fiji. A past Rugby sevens Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist himself, Fuli has coached the Fijiana Sevens since 2018 navigating the team to gold at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, and bronze at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Saiasi Fuliwas Fijian Women's 7s Coach

Elenoa Kunatuba:

Entering rugby in 2000 as a player, Elenoa Kunatuba went on to start her own rugby team in 2005 with the creation of the Seahawks women's Sevens team. Kunatuba began her international coaching career as a player/coach in 2007 in the Fijiana Sevens first international appearance in four years staying with the team until the RWC7s in 2009. In 2010 was named as India's women's coach. Returning to Fiji Kunatuba simultaneously went on to become the Fijiana Sevens coach and women's development officer for Fiji Rugby Union, which was a first of its kind in the region. In 2016, Kunatuba became the head coach for the Marist Women's 7s rugby team, before coaching her first national men's sevens team for Tuvalu in 2018.

Elenoa Kunatuba Tuvalu Men's Head Coach

Filoi Eneliko:

Filoi Eneliko, began her coaching career as the Head Coach for the Manusina Sevens Team in 2013. In 2014, while still playing international rugby, Eneliko became the first woman to coach a boys’ team to the Samoa Schools National Rugby Championship title. She then went on to coach for Team Upolu in inaugural Lakapi Championship, Samoa's eleition national 15s men's championships in 2020. also works as Get into Rugby Coordinator with Lakapi Samoa, In her role Eneliko travels around Samoa educating future coaches as she attempts to promote rugby as a viable option for girls in primary and secondary school.

Filoi Eneliko Head Coach for the Manusina sevens Team

Moana Virtue:

Moana Virtue has coached sports teams in Australia and New Zealand for over 15 years and was the first female in 15 years to complete the Australia’s Level 3 Coaching Accreditation. Virtue has an impressive coaching resume, including assistant coach for the Wallaroos in 2018, former Head Coach of Queensland Reds XV Super W and AON Griffith University Sevens Programme and has been a Head Coach to the Queensland Under 18 Sevens Programme and the Assistant Coach to the Australian Wallaroos’ 15s.

Reds women's coach Moana Virtue is set to pull on the boots against the Broncos in a touch exhibition for bushfire relief. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel

Gareth Baber:

Gareth Baber is a Welsh former rugby player and now a rugby union coach that is best known for coaching and leading the Fiji sevens team to win their second gold medal in rugby sevens at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He is the current coach of the Fiji national rugby sevens team.

Fijian 7s Head Coach