Manu Samoa Sevens under Damian MacGrath winning the Paris leg of the World series earlier this year
APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 05 AUGUST 2016: The Samoa Rugby Union is on the search for a new Sevens Head Coach following the termination of Englishman Damian McGrath in the weekend.
Damian McGrath was appointed last year and assisted by former Manu Samoa Muliagatele Brian Lima. A young team had inconsistent results and failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
The SRU said the board reached the decision to readvertise the coach’s job and those of the management team after reviewing the team’s performance in the 2015/2016 season.
The SRU’s chief executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said the management team was welcome to reapply.
“We had high hopes for the 2015/2016, obviously the failure of the Team to qualify for the Olympic plays a major role in the Board’s decision, however, the current management are all welcome to reapply,” he said.
“We can only pick ourselves up and look to the future. What areas are we doing well and which areas and lessons can we use to move forward.”
Last year, McGrath had been selected by an independent panel and endorsed by the Samoa Rugby Board ahead of 28 other applicants from Samoa and overseas.