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Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan boasts a proud record with the 2014-15 World Rugby Sevens World Series finishing in London today. The team has been undefeated in all 27
18 May 2015 08:06
Proud Record
Fiji win HSBC Sevens World Series title. Photo: World Rugby

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan boasts a proud record with the 2014-15 World Rugby Sevens World Series finishing in London today.

The team has been undefeated in all 27 pool games which is a first for Fiji.

“I’m pleased what we’ve done the whole season unbeaten in the pool stages, that’s a big achievement.”

The last time the Vodafone Fijian 7s team lost a pool match was against Australia (12-24) in the London 7s in 2013-/2014 leg.

Ryan has brought the standard of 7s in Fiji to another level. Since Waisale Serevi last won World Series title in the 2005/2006 leg, Ryan has brought new life to the game.

And some of the remarkable achievements were the win in Dubai where they thrashed 12-time series winners New Zealand 44-0 in the semifinals and South Africa 29-17 in the final. It was Fiji’s first ever win in Dubai. They went on to beat South Africa again, 33-26, in the final to win the 2014 Tokyo 7s title.

Fast forward to 2015, it was the first time for the Ben Ryan-coached side to win back to back in Las Vegas and Hong Kong 7s tournaments.

Fiji beat New Zealand 35-19 in the final at Sam Boyd Stadium for the first time. They met rivals New Zealand again in the finals and won comfortably 3-19 to win the Hong Kong 7s.

Ryan has not only disciplined his players on and off the field but has changed their attitudes to be better athletes. Fiji’s performance in the 2014/2015 HSBC Sevens World Series is not only an insight into the players’ hard work, but a testimony of Ryan’s commitment in proving to the world that Fijians can be the best  in the abbreviated code at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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