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Ryan Will Name His IRB Team In Ovalau

Ryan Will Name His IRB Team In Ovalau
September 11
12:45 2014

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan will name his 24-member squad tomorrow in the lead up to the start of the HSBC-sponsored 2015-2016 IRB Sevens World Series.

The squad will be trimmed to 12 for the first leg of the series – the Gold Coast 7s tournament on October 11-12 in Australia.

And for the first time, old capital Levuka will host the big announcement after Ryan will field two teams from the squad name tomorrow to play in the Ovalau 7s next Friday and Saturday at Nasau Park.

“We will be looking at putting down a good combination for Gold Coast and this will be a good opportunity for the 24 players to fight for a spot in the final team,” Ryan said.

Fiji won the Plate final last year after a 36-0 thumping over Kenya. They lost to 12-26 in the Cup quarterfinal.

“We have been preparing well and as hard as we could. Our preparation has been focusing a lot on fitness and team play. The team is looking good and this is a good chance to prepare for any sort of challenge on the way,” he said.

Ryan said he has players who would fill the void left behind by some of his players last season – Samisoni Viriviri, Donasio Ratubuli and Benito Masilevu, who had left for contracts in France.

Meanwhile, Ovalau 7s champion Wardens, have confirmed their spot alongside top teams like Yamacia and the Lote Rasiga-coached Red Rock.

Vodafone Fiji 7s squad;

Apisai Naqaliva, Apilameki Mocekula, Apisai Domolailai, Apisalome Waqatabu, Emenoni Nasilasila, Emori Waqa, Emosi Mulevoro, Eremasi Radrodro, Etuate Qio, Ilai Tinai, Isake Katonibau, Isikeli Vuruna, Jasa Veremalua, Jerry Tuwai, Jone Qorovarua, Manueli Laqai, Nasoni Roko, Niko Verakauta, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Samuela Saqiwa, Savenaca Rawaca, Semi Kunatani, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Sitiveni Waqa, Sunia Vosikata, Vatemo Ravouvou, Viliame Mata and Waisea Nacuqu.

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