Inoke Afeaki, the new technical director and national coach of the Singapore Rugby Union.
SINGAPORE: Tonga’s former three-time World Cup flanker, Inoke Afeaki will be the new technical director and national coach of the Singapore Rugby Union.
The first task for Afeaki, who represented Tonga at the 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cups, is to lift the standards of the sport in Singapore.
He said: “We want both the women’s and men’s rugby to be doing well. At the moment, we have dropped quite a few places in the rankings in the IRB rankings for the 15s.”
Singapore is currently in 66th place in the IRB ranking after dropping 17 spots in one year.
Apart from raising Singapore’s rugby standard, Afeaki’s next mission is to win the gold medal for the women’s Sevens team at the 2015 SEA Games.
The Delta Sports Complex’s hockey stadium will be transformed to give Singapore rugby a proper home.
Suhaimi Amron, member of the national team, welcomed the news.
“It will be very, very important for myself as a player, I would like to have my own home-ground to train on and have the whole team centralised together to train,” said Suhaimi.
There are plans to stage the Asian Under-19 tournament in August if the venue is ready in time.
And once the Delta facility is completed, it will play host to one of the best rugby academies in the world. Singapore will be the first overseas branch for the New Zealand-based academy that employs some of the top coaches in the world.