Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Faiumu Tackles CQ's 'Raw Talent'; Capras Coach Announces New Staff

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Faiumu Tackles CQ's 'Raw Talent'; Capras Coach Announces New Staff

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Byline: Steph Allen Stephanie.Allen@capnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Capras are bringing in some new blood to the CQ team's staff with new assistant coach David Faiumu and high performance manager Leesa Pearce signing on for next season.

The name Faiumu may second familiar to NRL fans, as the player turned assistant coach comes from a stellar 240-game career with the Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys and the Huddersfield Giants.

Faiumu also played for the CQ team -- then known as the Comets -- in 2003. After five years playing for the Cowboys, he signed on with Huddersfield for six years before retiring from the game as the team's development officer.

With extensive coaching experience also under his belt from his stints as a development manager and acting general manager in Wellington, New Zealand, Faiumu is touted as part of a new dream-team of Super Cup level staff set to bring the Capras to the big time.

His plan to move back to Rockhampton with his partner, a Rocky local, coincided well with Under 20s coach Paul Bremley moving on to a Gold Coast position after failed negotiations.

With Damien Seabolt and Neil Beckett taking over Bremley's position in a co-coaching set up, the position of assistant coach was up for grabs and Faiumu fit the bill.

"David started up with us two weeks ago and has already been a fantastic inclusion to our staff,'' head coach Kim Williams said.

"His knowledge is exceptional and his temperament and the way he handles himself is also exceptional.

"I've got a pretty strong Polynesian contingent amongst the playing group as well and I see him as a real role model for that group of young guys coming through the playing ranks.

"He ticks a lot of boxes for us and has already added a lot to our training."

Faiumu's focus will be not only on defensive work with the forwards and the "technical and tactical" aspects of the game, but also on welfare, wellness and conditioning. …

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