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Club Upsets Ryan

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is having reservations selecting players from the Tokatoka Resort Westfield Dragons rugby club in future. This was after he found out yesterday that Vodafone
28 Oct 2014 13:23
Club Upsets Ryan
Ben Ryan Vodafone Fiji 7 s coach

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is having reservations selecting players from the Tokatoka Resort Westfield Dragons rugby club in future.

This was after he found out yesterday that Vodafone Fiji 7s rep Sainivalati Ramuwai will be joining former reps Pio Tuwai and Samuela Saqiwa in Sri Lanka after signing a contract.

“I’m not very happy from the Fiji’s 7s viewpoint as I’ve put in plenty of hard work into these players,” Ryan said. “Westfield Dragons is unfortunately the issue here and no one had the decency from their club to contact us.”

Ryan became aware of Ramuwai’s signing after the player had informed Vodafone Fiji 7s team manager Ropate Kauvesi.

“Sani told our manager he was going when he was given details of camp this week. It would potentially affect my consideration of players from the club in the future especially if they are working against Fiji rugby.”

Meanwhile, Westfield Dragons coach Epeli Lagiloa declined to comment, stating they would hold discussions first with club president Ponijese Lou before making an official reply.

“I won’t be able to comment on this at the moment as I am not aware of any of this. However, we will talk with the club president Ponijese Lou and we will give our official statement tomorrow (today).”

Lagiloa had previously cleared the club’s name of any involvement in the sudden departure of Pio Tuwai and Saqiwa on the eve of the 2014 Gold Coast 7s.

“We want it to be clear that Westfield Dragons had no hand in this and our relationship with Fiji Rugby Union and Ben Ryan is very much intact. We did not influence these players to do this and we had no hand in any of it. Any issue that may arise will be between these three parties.”

Praise for Daveta

Ryan praised local powerhouse 7s club Daveta after their runaway win at the 2014 Central Coast 7s tournament in Australia over the weekend.

Ryan applauded the performance of the team which comes on the back of a recent wave of successes by Fijian teams, namely the wins at the Noosa International Sevens and the Gold Coast 7s.

“It’s good isn’t it? Also, don’t forget the World Club win by Daveta too in Ireland. The foundation for all this is the discipline and fitness that the national reps have led on.”

Ryan was pleased to see Vodafone Fiji 7s stars Jerry Tuwai and Apisai Domolailai end with a clean bill of health and made special mention of Viliame Mata and 7s veteran Emosi Vucago.

“I was relieved they all came through uninjured. I will keep an eye on Emosi. Viliame is going on to Singapore 7s too as I feel he needs more game time. Jerry looked a little tired and Apisai played well, as ever.

“They will come straight back into camp and we will monitor their workload.” The 7s squad returns to camp at Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbour today.

eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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