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All The Best, Semi: Ryan

All The Best, Semi: Ryan
Vodafone Fiijian 7s rep Semi Kunatani with fans in Glasgow last weekend.
May 14
07:36 2015

Vodafone Fijian 7s star Semi Kunatani has signed a two-year deal with France club, Toulouse.

And coach Ben Ryan has wished him well.

Ryan also anticipated his continued involvement next season as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Semi goes with our blessing and we wish him all the best next season,”Ryan said.

“He will return for four World Series tournaments and if his form is good enough, he can come back to try to represent Fiji at the Rio Olympics.”

Meanwhile, speaking to Planet Rugby on the signing, Kunatani revealed his reason for taking up Toulouse’s offer.

“I love our Fijian fans and support. I love playing for Fiji but I had to think about my future in rugby, and that it was best for my family and me. Therefore I had to seize the opportunity that was offered me to play at the highest level with Toulouse.”

Focusing on the task at hand with the 2015 London 7s set to kick off in Twickenham this Saturday Ryan maintained winning the series was their objective.

“Obviously we want to win the series. We’re so close to it now and it will take a titanic effort to be the first Fijian team to win two tournaments in two weeks but it’s possible.

“We have won 24 out of 24 pool games this year. A perfect record with three more wins is our aim and for that to happen it’s one game at a time.”

Ryan acknowledged the progress shown by newcomers Josaia Wini and Kitione Dawai as well as the many positive outcomes gained over the season.

“Both of them have done well and they have a lot of improvement to come too. We have had many ‘firsts’ this year. We’ve had the longest winning run. It was the first time the team has won four tournaments in one season, averaging more points per tournament than any other time.

“We had two consecutive tournament wins. We had six consecutive wins over New Zealand and it’s also we had first time wins in Vegas and Glasgow. It’s been a fantastic year and we all want to try to finish it off to the same level we have had all season.”

Fiji play their first pool game against Argentina at 9pm on Saturday, Samoa at 12.12am on Sunday and their final pool game against Canada at 3.18am. All games will be televised live on Fiji One and FBC TV.

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