Former Fiji Bati captain Wes Naiqama has been formally appointed head coach of the Kaiviti Silktails rugby league club.
The 37 year old former NRL star joined the coaching staff of the Ron Massey Cup newcomers earlier this year, after leaving his role with the Newcastle Knights to be a part of Fiji’s first semi-professional rugby league team.
Naiqama takes over the reins from Fiji Bati head coach Brandon
Costin, who led the team in their debut match and will now focus on his
coaching and development roles with the Fiji NRL.
Kaiviti Silktails Chairman Petero Civoniceva said his former international teammate is a perfect fit for the role.
“He is someone that’s revered in Fiji. Our decision to take on Wes
was one that we were looking towards the future and obviously him being
the current assistant coach to the Fiji Bati, we just thought it was a
great move for us.”
“…Our whole goal is the development pathway for our elite local
players hopefully to get those opportunities playing in our Ron Massey
Cup season but hopefully gives them a chance to get picked up by
potentially an NRL club.
“That’s something that Wes is very passionate about…and the playing
group were over the moon when we informed them that Wes was going to be
taken into that role as head coach of the Kaiviti Silktails.”
The Silktails thrashed the Windsor Wolves 40-16 in their first competitive match back in March before the season was halted because of Covid-19.