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Inoke Male
Fijian rugby player and coach

Inoke Male

Inoke Male
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Intro Fijian rugby player and coach
Is Athlete Rugby union player
From Fiji
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 3 June 1963, Nausori, Tailevu Province
Age 60 years
Star sign Gemini
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Inoke Male, (born 3 June 1963 in Nausori, Fiji), is a former Fijian rugby union player and former head coach of the Fijian national side. He played in the position of Number eight, but could also play Flanker during his playing career.

Fiji Caps

Male earned his first cap for Fiji on 18 September 1998 against Australia in Sydney, where he started in the Number eight jersey. He has played for Fiji before this match, but was a non-test match against New Zealand club side Northland. He last played for his country on 8 July 2001 against neighbouring pacific island team Samoa. He played 22 times for Fiji (only 15 test matches), scoring only 5 points with his try against Samoa in 2001.

Cap # Date Opponents Score Result Venue
9 August 1998 New Zealand Northland 44–30 Lost Lowe Walker Stadium, Whangarei
1 18 September 1998  Australia 66–20 Lost Parramatta Stadium, Sydney
8 November 1998 England Penzance & Newlyn 5–53 Won Mennaye Field, Cornwall
19 November 1998 England Brisol Select XV 28–58 Won Memorial Stadium, Bristol
24 November 1998 Scotland Glasgow Caledonians 41–22 Lost Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow
27 November 1998 Scotland Edinburgh Reivers 27–30 Won Mansfield Park, Hawick
30 November 1998 England Leeds Tykes 27–10 Lost Headingley Stadium, Leeds
17 August 1999 Australia Australian Barbarians 31–25 Lost North Sydney Oval, Sydney
2 26 August 1999  Uruguay 39–24 Won Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L'Aquila (NV)
3 20 October 1999  England 45–24 Lost Twickenham Stadium, London
4 20 May 2000  Japan 22–47 Won Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
5 26 May 2000  Tonga 22–25 Won Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa
6 3 June 2000  Samoa 31–17 Lost Apia Park, Apia
7 30 June 2000  United States 37–21 Won Apia Park, Apia (NV)
8 7 July 2000  Canada 11–42 Won Apia Park, Apia (NV)
9 15 July 2000  Italy 43–9 Won Churchill Park, Lautoka
10 25 May 2001  Tonga 31–26 Lost Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa
11 9 June 2001  Samoa 27–36 Lost National Stadium, Suva
12 16 June 2001  Tonga 25–20 Won Churchill Park, Lautoka
13 23 June 2001  Samoa 19–22 Won Apia Park, Apia
14 3 July 2001  Canada 23–52 Won Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo (NV)
15 8 July 2001  Samoa 28–17 Won Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo (NV)

Coach of Fiji

Inoke Male was named the Head Coach of the national side on 13 January 2013 following a disappointing fourth place in Pool D in the 2011 Ruby World Cup with Sam Domoni in charge. This included a record losing 66–0 to Wales and an unconvincing 49–25 win over Namibia.

Male's first match in charge was against Japan in the 2012 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, which saw Fiji win 25–19. They narrowly lost to Samoa in the second round 29–26, but finished second in the overall table following a 29–17 win over Tonga. Male also coached Fiji against Tier 1 nation Scotland during the 2012 mid-year rugby union tests, but Scotland were the victors 37–25 in Lautoka. Inoke and his team had a disappointing end-of-year tour in 2012, losing 54–12 to England in London and losing 53–0 to Ireland XV in Munster. They earned a close 24–19 win over Georgia, but the team also lost to English domestic club side Gloucester 31–29.

2013 saw Fiji win their first ever IRB Pacific Nations Cup winning 4 from 5 in the tournament; 22–8 win over Japan, 35–10 win over the United States and a 34–21 win over Tonga. Fiji's only loss was to Canada 20–18. In addition to the Pacific Nations Cup, Inoke led Fiji to a 33–14 win over the Classic All Blacks as part of Fiji's centennial celebrations. The 2013 end-of-year tour saw Fiji win 2 from 4 on tour; 36–13 win over Portugal in Lisbon and a 26–7 win over Romania in Bucharest. Fiji lost to a star-studded Barbarians side 43–19 and to a weakened Italian side 37–31. This match however, saw Fiji break the record for the number of yellow cards given out to one team in a single test match at 5.

In January 2014 the International Rugby Board, (IRB), suspended funding to the Fiji Rugby Union after a failure to address concerns over administration and governance with immediate effect. With the lack of money that the FRU has, the cash-strapped union sacked Inoke Male on 27 January 2014, 1 year early of his contract. This meant his win rate with Fiji was 50%, coached 16 won 8 lost 8.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fiji Sam Domoni
Fiji National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
New Zealand John McKee

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