Jury joins Fiji sevens coaching team

Kane Jury, seen here with Otago Spirit players, is embarking on a role with the Fiji national...
Kane Jury, seen here with Otago Spirit players, is embarking on a role with the Fiji national sevens team. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Former Otago Spirit coach Kane Jury has found himself involved in one of the top sevens sides in the world.

Jury, who was the skills coach for the Otago men's side last season, has joined the Fiji union and has linked with its sevens team.

Fijian media reported Jury will work with the coach of the Fiji national sevens team, Gareth Baber, in coaching the men's sevens side for the rest of the season.

Jury has already started and was in Las Vegas last weekend at the sevens tournament there.

Fiji qualified for the quarterfinals in the cup, after finishing second in its pool, but lost to New Zealand in the quarterfinal. It eventually finished sixth, losing to England in the fifth-sixth playoff.

Jury has plenty of experience coaching sevens. He coached a Hong Kong national side when living there, and has also coached the Otago team in the past couple of years.

He also coached a New Zealand women's development side several years ago.

Jury coached the Dunedin premier side in last year's competition, which just missed out on the top four. He spent three weeks with the Highlanders at the end of last year, working as a skills coach, but that position has been filled by Riki Flutey.

Jury was keen to take the next step into the professional ranks.

He was the director of rugby and in charge of high performance sport at King's High School, but he resigned at the end of last year.

 - Another Otago player is set to make his Super Rugby debut this week. Harbour prop Giorgio Bower has been named on the bench for the Crusaders, who play the Chiefs in Christchurch tomorrow night.

Bower, a tighthead prop, has been training with the Crusaders, and with the side missing All Blacks and others being rested, he has been called into the squad for the match.

Bower started just one game for Otago last year, but came on to the bench at the end of last season. He has played eight games for Otago.

Hooker Ricky Jackson and lock Tom Rowe have both made their Super Rugby debuts in recent weeks, for the Highlanders and Sunwolves respectively, while outside back Josh Timu linked with the Sunwolves this week as injury cover.

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