Ilivasi Tabua

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Ilivasi Tabua
Personal information
Full name Ilivasi Sevia Tabua Tamanivalu
Date of birth (1964-09-30) September 30, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Naivicula, Fiji
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 233 lb (106 kg)
Occupation(s) Former Fiji coach
Representative teams
1990
1993-1995
1998-1999
 Fiji
 Australia
 Fiji
2 (0)
10 (15)
14 (0)
Professional clubs coached
2006-2008 Fiji

Ilivasi Sevia Tabua Tamanivalu (born 30 September 1964 in Naivicula) is a former fijian rugby union footballer who played at international level for both Fiji and Australia as flanker. He was nicknamed The Human Skewer.

He also coached the Fiji national team at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Career[edit]

Tabua played for Australia sevens team in the 1993 Sevens World Cup, after which he played for Australia in fifteens in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He has played 10 test for Australia. In the 1999 Rugby World Cup he played for the Fiji team. He was nicknamed the Human Skewer.

Personal life[edit]

He was raised in a family of seven siblings five boys and two girls. He spent the first 12 years of his childhood in the Lau group as his father's was a teacher at one of the schools on the chiefly island. Ilivasi started school at Mabula, Cicia in Lau before his family moved to the mainland in the 1970s. His family settled at Naivicula, Tailevu where his father comes from. He attended Marist Brothers High School. In 1980, Ilivasi left to further his studies in Australia.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from international rugby, he came back to Fiji to help the Fiji team to prepare for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He was recently appointed as the head coach of Fiji's HPU and helped the former Fiji coach Wayne Pivac with the Fiji team, but when Pivac resigned from Fiji rugby, Tabua was picked as the man to replace him and he was chosen as the new coach.[1] He was also the first Fijian to be appointed the national coach to the Rugby World Cup. He comes at the tail end of a succession of expatriates including George Simpkin, Brad Johnstone, Greg Smith, Mac McCallion and Pivac who left in 2006. On 19 August 2009 Tabua was sacked by the Fiji Rugby Union citing off-field incidents during Fiji's 2009 IRB Pacific Nations Cup campaign.[2]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
New Zealand Wayne Pivac
Fiji National Rugby Union Coach
2007-2009
Succeeded by
Fiji Sam Domoni