2020 Olympic Gold winning Fiji Sevens Head Coach Gareth Baber was appointed as the club’s new Skills and Assistant Attack Coach in October 2021.
Having studied at both Swansea University and Oxford University, Baber – who played scrum-half and wing – enjoyed a highly respected professional playing career, representing Cardiff RFC, Pontypridd RFC, Aberavon RFC, Bristol and Dragons, before switching his focus to coaching in 2007.
After being appointed as Wales U20 Assistant Coach, Baber progressed to Academy Skills Coach at Cardiff Blues before being named Head Coach of the Welsh capital club – alongside Justin Burnell – in 2011.
Baber left Cardiff in 2013 and was appointed Head of Hong Kong Rugby Sevens where he directed the senior men’s, women’s and youth programmes at elite level until 2016.
He signed a four-year deal to become Fiji Sevens Head Coach in 2016 and quickly established himself as a highly respected and knowledgeable coach on the World Rugby Sevens circuit.
The Welshman would go on to claim 11 tournament victories with Fiji – beating the previous record of nine set by Ben Ryan – and guided Fiji Sevens to the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series title.
Baber capped off an illustrious five-year period with the South Pacific Islanders by leading Fiji to gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with Fiji Sevens claiming a 27-12 victory over New Zealand at Tokyo Stadium in July 2021.
Date of birth: 19/05/1972
Place of birth: Cardiff