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Ryan: Ive Got The Best Team

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan believes he is coaching the best team in the world right now. The Pacific Islanders won the opening round of the World Sevens Series
28 Nov 2014 14:05
Ryan: Ive Got The Best Team
Ben Ryan. Photo: www.rugby365.com

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan believes he is coaching the best team in the world right now.

The Pacific Islanders won the opening round of the World Sevens Series on the Gold Coast last month, beating Pacific rivals Samoa in the final.

Last season Ryan was at pains to play down any hype over Fiji’s performances and in the off-season insisted their main aim was a top four finish, which would guarantee direct qualification for the 2016 Olympics.

But the 43-year old says he is becoming more comfortable with the increased expectations on his team.  “I’m beginning to embrace it a bit more,”he told RNZI.

“You certainly don’t want to say anything that will give fuel to the fire of opposition teams and motivate them to play better against you. I think we’ve got the best team in the world at the moment. I can see some of the other sides are bolstering their teams – notably South Africa, Samoa, England and New Zealand, and Australia I’m sure will in time, so it’s no surprise that there’s been a reaction to our performance in the Gold Coast.”  The Fiji team will defend the Dubai 7s next weekend. RNZI

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