Fijian Drua confirm coaching panel ahead of Super Rugby Pacific 2022 season

Fijian Drua along with Moana Pasifika were handed unconditional licenses for the Super Rugby Pacific
Fijian Drua along with Moana Pasifika were handed unconditional licenses for the Super Rugby Pacific

Brad Harris and Glen Jackson have been added to the coaching panel of Fijian Drua as they look to build towards the 2022 season of Super Rugby Pacific.

Harris had worked as a forwards coach with Georgia and was the technical advisor of Fiji Drua during the National Rugby Championship where they clinched the title in 2018 and were the finalist in 2019.

He also held a similar role with Fiji Under 20 side in 2019 as they retained the Under 20 title and most recently was part of the Fiji 7s side as they finished the Gold Medalists in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Meanwhile, Jackson will also be the assistant coach of Drua and made over 200 appearances for Super Rugby side Chiefs and Saracens combined. He also officiated in 32 Tests and 88 Super Rugby matches and is currently associated with Flying Fijians as an assistant coach.

Apart from the duo, William Koong will join the club as Head Physiotherapist while Peceli Derederenalagi and Nico Andrade are named Team Manager and General Manager respectively.

"Glen Jackson is a familiar name for fans, given his background as a popular Super Rugby player with the Chiefs, English Premiership player with Saracens, as well as a highly distinguished referee with New Zealand Rugby," said interim CEO Brian Thorburn.

"Brad Harris is also familiar to many players in our squad. He brings with him international coaching experience as well, being a former forwards coach for Georgia's national side. His first hand knowledge and experience with our environment and many of our players will be extremely valuable for the squad.

"William Koong has been a valuable part of Fiji Rugby. He is an expert in his field with enormous experience and multiple achievements, which of course include looking after two Olympic gold-medal winning 7s teams.

"William has Super Rugby experience too, as the medical liaison for the four Super Rugby matches held in Fiji between 2016 and 2019. He has contributed immensely to Fiji Rugby over the years, and we cannot think of anyone better to look after our talented playing group."

The club already announced Mick Byrne as the head coach and Nacani Cawanibuka as Head of Athletic Performance.