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Why The Sand Dunes? Ryan Tells

Why The Sand Dunes? Ryan Tells
Team Fiji mens 7's team during training at the Sand Dunes in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
July 17
15:38 2016

Ryan said this natural sporting enterprise has worked wonders in previous occasions.

“Yeah it’s tough but it has been one of the central themes to our training going into the Olympic Games,” he said.

“The boys are definitely getting used to the dunes, brilliant tools to get your leg strong, fast, and to get that lactate flooding through your body and dispersing it.”

Ryan talked about the reason why they visited the sand dunes.

“We come down here is that physically you get a lot out of it, mentally is what you do in particular as a team because you have seen the dunes you can’t disappear and hide, you go, do it slower, it is harder, you got to do it to the best of your ability.

“You got to knock away that little devil on your shoulder and that what happens in a game. In the last one or two minutes before half time or full time, your legs are in pain. You are tired but you have just got to get on with it.

He said their preparation comes down to two or three things, the intensity of training and their diet.

“We have trimmed down on carbohydrates and we have given them protein rich diets and it has transformed their bodies.”



Toulon rugby winger Josua Tuisova was so ever grateful that he survived his first training session at the sand dunes.

“It’s my first time and it was a tough experience out there, the boys had told me that it was going to be an uphill battle,” he said.

“I grew up watching it on TV and saw photos of it or hear it from the players but today I tasted what it feels like.”



Fiji Women’s coaching director Chris Cracknell believes the sand dune is the most perfect place for his players to bond. The Englishman said the focus is on team unity, as it is an important factor if they are to make their mark at the Olympics.

“From the experience it is tough out there and it makes you work hard, endurance same as the men’s who have come here and we have seen throughout this year in the series,” he added.


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