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The Vodafone Fiji 7s side will treat all the opponents with equal respect, says Ben Ryan. The Vodafone Fiji 7s coach warns his men will have to step after his
07 Oct 2014 11:47
Focus On Scots
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The Vodafone Fiji 7s side will treat all the opponents with equal respect, says Ben Ryan.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s coach warns his men will have to step after his second team captained by Nasoni Roko made a big statement defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final of the Oceania Sevens Championship in Noosa last weekend

Ryan said the Fijian’s first obstacle is against Scotland and we need to do it right,

“We need to treat all teams with equal respect,”Ryan said.

“Scotland’s an excellent side who have just finished second in the European Championships. We expect a very tough game,”Ryan said.

“The boys will have to work hard this week after our win in Noosa over the weekend.”

Ryan had scaled back from the typical two-a-day sessions but focuses on conditioning. “One session a day rather than the two we often have in camp. Normal stuff like pool recovery, lots of stretching sessions, individual skills work, meetings etc. It’s a packed week.”

Ryan will decide today whether to replace halfbacks, Emosi Mulevoro and Eminoni Nasilasila who are injured.

Mulevoro has a foot injury, while Nasilasila is yet to recover from a concussion suffered during training. Ryan has already started looking at replacements, with a final decision to be made tonight.

Scotland named 13

Scotland coach Geraint John has named an extended squad of 13, with one to be released, for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

“The 2014/15 Series is going to be undoubtedly the toughest season to date,” said John.

“With qualification for Rio up for grabs, teams will be more professional and better prepared than ever before.”

Scotland squad:

Scott Riddell, James Eddie, Struan Dewar, James Johnstone, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Damien Hoyland, Nyle Godsmark, Rory Hughes, Scott Wight (captain), Lee Jones, Lewis Young

Australia:

Paul Asquith, Cameron Clark, Tom Cusack, Con Foley, Pama Fou, Lewis Holland, Ed Jenkins, Tom Lucas, Nick Malouf, Sam Myers, Jesse Parahi, James Stannard, Michael Wells

Fiji: Apisai Domolailai, Semi Kunatani, Jasa Veremalua, Setefano Cakau, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Naqaliva, Emosi Mulevoro, Osea Kolinisau, Eminoni Nasilasila, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Savenaca Rawaca, Apisalome Waqatabu

Fiji plays Scotland at 2.02 pm, Portugal at 5.23pm and Australia at 9.10pm.

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