Ryan Plots Our Plan For Series, Rio
The Vodafone Fijian 7s team will be using the 2015-16 World Rugby Sevens Series to select the best players for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
The first leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai on December 4-5.
“We’re going into every tournament wanting to win but at the same time I don’t want to overcook the boys,” Ryan said.
“When you think about the Olympics, it’s a one-off tournament, so you are going to want to protect the players.
“Dubai for example, you start your strong squad and in the following weeks expect a lot of those boys to be rested.
“I need to keep the boys fresh and now it’s a cat and mouse game now for me and South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia to fight for that top position.
“Obviously I will be using strategies at the Olympics that I won’t be using during the World Rugby Sevens Series; we have a plan.
“In the Series some players will pop in and pop out from overseas based upon their availability, it’s not our number one priority to win the World Series, a gold medal in Rio is,” he said.
“If I have to put someone in the team from overseas that isn’t quite going to fit our standards, we need to have a look at him during games to see whether he has potential to come back into the Olympic training squad than that’s what we will do.
“We will take those gambles but my first priority I owe it to the local boys to give them a first crack at everything so I can’t imagine that our first team in the Dubai 7s will be anything other than our local based team.
“I really hope that we unearth some more players. We will continue to pick on form, we cant 100 per cent guarantee that we haven’t seen every player in the country but I think that anybody who deserves to be in a white shirt this season will get it.