Paulo Nawalu

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Paulo Nawalu
Date of birth (1958-10-18) October 18, 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Lautoka, Fiji
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight201 lb (91 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Nailili Catholic Mission School
Marist Brothers High School
Corpus Christi Teachers Colts
Senior career
St. John's Marist Club
Hino Motors
Kawagoe Fighters
National team(s)
1983-1989Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 17 (7)
National sevens team(s)
1992-1995 Japan
Teams coached
2002-2013 (Skill Coach)
Cathedral Secondary High School (senior team)
Hino Motors
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Hakuoh University
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Karada Factory A.P. Pirates

Paulo Nawalu, spelt also as Paula Nawalu (born October 18, 1959 in Lautoka) is a former rugby union player. He played as a scrum-half.

Lautoka City in Viti Levu, Fiji

Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji. It is in the west of the island of Viti Levu, 24 kilometres north of Nadi and port of entry in Fiji, after Suva. Lying in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane-growing region, it is known as the Sugar City. Covering an area of 16 square kilometres, it had a population of 52,220 at the 2007 census, the most recent to date.



His first international match was against Tonga, at Suva, on June 8, 1983. He was also part of the 1987 Rugby World Cup roster, as well of the South Pacific Barbarians during their 1987 tour in South Africa. Later, Nawalu played for the Japan national rugby sevens team, with which he played the 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens. [1] Nawalu was the first Fijian player to play in a Japanese team, when he played for Hino Motors. [2]

The 1987 Rugby World Cup was the first Rugby World Cup. New Zealand and Australia agreed to co-host the tournament. New Zealand hosted 20 matches – 17 pool stage matches, two quarter-finals and the final – while Australia hosted 12 matches – seven pool matches, two quarter-finals and both semi-finals. The event was won by co-hosts New Zealand, who were the strong favourites and won all their matches comfortably. France were losing finalists, and Wales surprise third-place winners: Australia, having been second favourites, finished fourth after conceding crucial tries in the dying seconds of both the semi-final against France and the third-place play-off against Wales.

The Japan national rugby sevens team participates in competitions such as the World Rugby Sevens Series and the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens

The 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens was held at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland, in April 1993. This tournament was the inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament. The International Rugby Board invited the established rugby union nations but also were keen to involve emerging nations in the event, recognising the fact that Sevens was providing the bridge between the developed rugby nations and those whose rugby union traditions were less well established.

Coaching career

He trained the Japan national rugby sevens team during the 1997 and the 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens. Currently, since 2015, he is coaching Karada Factory A.P. Pirates, a Japanese women's rugby sevens team. [3]

The 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens was the second edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament and the first to be held in Hong Kong. It was the last major sporting event to be held in the then British dependency before the transfer of sovereignty to China which took place just three months later. Fiji defeated South Africa 24–21 to take the title for the first time. The Final is considered to be one of the best sevens matches of all time.

The 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens or the Melrose Cup was the third edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens and was held in Argentina. New Zealand defeated Australia to win the tournament for the first time. This was the first major rugby event ever held in South America.


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