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Ben Wants Chris

Ben Wants Chris
Former England 7s rep Chris Cracknell assists the team
May 15
07:37 2015

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan hopes to bring former England 7s player Chris Cracknell to be part of his coaching staff in the lead-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Ryan made the revelation while speaking to SUNsports yesterday ahead of this weekend’s 2015 London 7s.

“Chris has been with us and doing it for free,”Ryan said.

“But I would like to get him across as a Skills Coach fulltime next year to Fiji and I hope that can happen.”

Following Fiji’s scrimmage match with Brazil, Ryan said everything went well and also confirmed they had been restricting visits to the team by the Fijian community in London.

“It went fine and there were no injuries. Yes, the less distractions there are the better for the team.”

Meanwhile, Vodafone Fijian 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau shared to World Rugby earlier this week his team’s desire to repeat the historic success achieved by sevens maestro Waisale Serevi back in 2005/2006.

“We played as a team last weekend and we are proud of that. There is a lot of pressure, but Ryan has told us that sometimes pressure is

good as it can turn gold into diamonds.

“Taking one game at a time, the reality is we have to focus on our first game. It would be really special to win the World Series title.

“Most of the boys think back to the likes of Waisale Serevi 10 years ago, and we will be happy to be counted as some of the players that have lifted the series alongside some of the legends.”

Sporting icon Serevi led the national 7s side to their first ever series title win after finishing top of the table in the 2005-2006 season, ending New Zealand’s six-year reign.

Fiji will have to contend for the final title of the series with current Number Two South Africa and defending champions New Zealand with a difference of just eight points between the top three teams.




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