The Sacramento Lions will be hosting a coaching and skills clinic run by Ifereimi Tawake and his coaching staff in Sacramento on Saturday, August 31.
Coach Tawake joined the Lions as head coach in July of 2012. Prior to moving to Sacramento he lived in Fiji where he played rugby professionally for 20 years before transitioning into coaching in 2000. His coaching credits include a first time win for Fiji at both the 2001 Epson Cup and the 2009 Pacific Rugby Cup. Tawake was a selector for Fiji’s national team and has a level 3 Accreditation Coaching Certificate, the highest level of coaching in Rugby.
The Lions manager, Aaron Frederick, is excited that his club can learn from Tawake’s life experience on the international stage with high level training and his renowned reputation.
“We are very lucky to have Coach Tawake as a part of the Lions,” said Frederick. “Under his leadership we have all become better rugby players and our team has improved under his training. I am excited for the upcoming Tawake Clinic which will allow us a chance to share this experience with the Sacramento rugby community. I hope that everyone can take advantage of this opportunity to work with and learn from someone as talented and respected as Coach Tawake.”
Trevor Sanders, part owner of Lions sponsor Jack’s Urban Eats, siad appreciates the Lions dedication to bringing programs like the Tawake clinic to the community.
“One of the main reasons we continue to sponsor and want to be involved with the Sacramento Lions is that they are so tied to the community”, says Sanders. “Community sports programs bring people from all walks of life together and it’s great to see that happen. Rugby is such a pure sport that is only beginning to grow here in Sacramento and the Lions do a great job of making it accessible and getting people excited about the sport.”
Mark Polli from Crunch Fitness in Sacramento is also happy to see that the Lions are giving people the chance to try out a sport like rugby, which they might not ever to get to experience otherwise. “Rugby is not a sport that we grow up playing here in the States so it’s great to give people the opportunity to try it out and learn to love it”, Polli says.
The clinic will focus on the fundamental rugby skills that apply to both 7s and 15s formats, as well as more advanced techniques and strategies on both an individual and team level. Those in attendance will fine tune their basic passing, catching and ball retention skills and learn to better determine an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses to vary their game accordingly. Players and coaches will have the opportunity to receive instruction and individual feedback from Tawake. Those attending will benefit from his experience and his knowledge of rugby at the highest level.
The clinic is open to players and coaches of all ages, youth, men and women, who can attend free of charge. This event is for anyone looking to improve their skills and further their knowledge about rugby. This is certified USA Rugby Coaching Development Program and coaches who attend will receive five professional development credits.
“My passion is rugby and I am grateful that the Sacramento Lions are hosting the Tawake Clinic so I can share my knowledge with the community”, said Tawake.
The clinic will be held at Danny Nunn Park in Sacramento on August 31st from 9am-1pm.
For more information about the clinic, please visit www.sacramentolionsrugby.org or contact Aaron Frederick at