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Ryan Out of U18 7s

Anasilini Ratuva Suva The Fiji Rugby Union will soon name the replacement 7s coach to lead the Fiji Under-18 team to the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China next week. The
06 Aug 2014 08:04

Anasilini Ratuva
Suva

The Fiji Rugby Union will soon name the replacement 7s coach to lead the Fiji Under-18 team to the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China next week.
The Union announced last night that Vodafone Fiji 7s head coach, Ben Ryan will not travel with the team because of medical reasons.
“At the moment a replacement has been sought and it’s under discussion as to who will be able to take the team,” the Union said last night.
Ryan was advised by Dr Emosi Taloga against travelling long distances and should rest in order to fully recover.
“I’m really disappointed that I’m not being able to go with the team. I am always proud to lead a Fijian side in any occasion, and I’ll be their number one fan at home,” Rayn said through a Union statement.
“The team needs to make the most of the opportunity and turn the best talent in into the best team in the competition. The team is in great hands and I have a lot of faith in them.”
Former national 7s coach and former New Zealand 7s rep, Iliesa Tanivula has been helping Ryan coach the side while former Fijian 15s captain cum FRU rugby development manager, Sale Sorovaki is the manager.
Sorovaki said Ryan’s exclusion was a blow to the team, but preparations for the Youth Olympics would continue.
“It is unfortunate that Ben cannot make the trip, but this is a great opportunity for the young players to be exposed at this level of competition, especially the Youth Olympic Games. There will be a lot of scouts at the Games, so this will be a good opportunity for the boys,” Sorovaki said.
“We are fortunate though that Ben and Telecom Fijiana coach, Iliesa Tanivula will continue to assist the team with preparations before we leave.”
The second Summer Youth Olympic Games will be from August 16 – 28 in Nanjing, China.
The team departs next Monday.
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