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September 08
12:47 2014

Ben Ryan and John McKee say the Telecom Fijiana 7s team can overcome the obstacles in Hong Kong this weekend.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s and Flying Fijians coaches congratulated the 12 players who have been selected to take part in the qualifying tournament for the 2014-2015 IRB Women Sevens World Series in Hong Kong.

Ryan, who coached the Netherland women’s team two years ago, analysed how Fiji will fare against Japan, Argentina and Kenya in their pool games.

“I’ve watched the Fijiana play and I know how tough it’s been in preparation,”Ryan said.

“They haven’t had much resource behind them unfortunately and they have had to scrape around to find enough budget to compete.

“But they can use that as an advantage to fight against the odds to qualify because it would be fantastic for Fijian women’s rugby if they can become one of the core teams in the world series.

“If they just have a year with all the big teams they will improve dramatically and that will really help us be contenders for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

“Kenya is vast improving and they are similar to Fiji as they don’t have many resources but they are very talented athletes,” Ryan said.

“Sevens rugby is a new sport in Argentina and Brazil are the South American champions and second is Uruguay. I hope the Fijiana will be too strong for both those teams.

“Japan has had the women’s game in their country for a long time now. They have played a lot of 7s and 15s and they are organised but they probably won’t have the skill factor or x-factor our girls have.

“It’s pretty exciting and I’ll be watching all the girls’ games from the internet and cheering them on.” he said.

McKee says the Fijiana have a top chance of qualifying in Hong Kong.

“I think the girls have been working very hard in training,”McKee said.

“They have already made fantastic progress in a relatively short time from when they first competed on the world circuit couple of years ago.

“They are really making big advances and a big challenge for them in this tournament is trying to make it into the top group.

“Whatever the outcome of the competition, I’m sure the girls will give their absolute best, I’ve seen them in a lot of training sessions and they have been working really hard. Their game is really developing so im expecting them to do well in Hong Kong and I wish them all the best.”

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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