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Ryan Pleads For Schoolboys

Vodafone Fiji 7s head coach Ben Ryan believes proper pathways need to be in place to ensure the best schoolboys are available for national duties. This follows the disruption of
30 Aug 2014 09:47
Ryan Pleads  For Schoolboys
Guard commander Sgt. Venina Naitogotogo (left) with her team of RFMF personnel during the State House Change of Guard ceremony on November 30, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Vodafone Fiji 7s head coach Ben Ryan believes proper pathways need to be in place to ensure the best schoolboys are available for national duties.

This follows the disruption of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games preparations after five Ratu Kadavulevu School students opted to play for the Coke Zero Deans final.

They later joined the Fiji national 7s team following a directive by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports. The team won the bronze medal last week in Nanjing and returns home today.

Ryan believes at the end of the day this would be a lesson to all as far as selection, recruitment of players and the communication with the schools are concerned.

“I’m convinced that we are not making the most of the schoolboys,” Ryan told Radio Australia.

“We had a similar problem in England but until the Rugby Union took over the running of the school rugby, from there on everything became far better.

“The Fiji Rugby Union needs to take the school grades and set up under its umbrella but to do that we got to be organised at Rugby House and make sure we get everybody involved that’s good enough to do that.”

He also stressed the importance of involving eligible school leavers into the age group competitions.

“We need proper competition structures for these boys and we need to remember that in Fiji most players are dropouts before 18 and go straight to play club rugby.

“They do not get much chance to play age groups so we also need to reflect that into our pathways.”

Ryan says the target is set for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa next year.

“We can make improvement for next year,”Ryan said.

Talks in progress: FRU

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer RadrodroTabualevu earlier confirmed to SUNsports that discussion with FSSRU is continuing.

“We are working on that right now and FSSRU has also confirmed that they will also be present during the FRU annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday (today),” Tabualevu said.

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