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Ryan: I’ll Pick On Form

There is hope for injured Vodafone Fiji 7s playmaker Emosi Mulevoro to make a return to the next leg of the 2014/15 World Sevens Series. This was revealed yesterday by
07 Jan 2015 11:01
Ryan: I’ll Pick On Form
Former Fiji 7s playmaker Ilai Tinai trains with the Wardens 7s team in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

There is hope for injured Vodafone Fiji 7s playmaker Emosi Mulevoro to make a return to the next leg of the 2014/15 World Sevens Series.

This was revealed yesterday by Fiji 7s head coach Ben Ryan after Mulevoro was sidelined last October because of injuries. The tough Kadavu native has missed the Gold Coast, Dubai and South Africa tournaments.

The next leg is from February 6-7 in Wellington, New Zealand, followed by the USA Sevens from February 13-15 in Las Vegas.

“I hope he’s made a recovery from his injuries as that has been a real issue for Emosi for the last few months,” Ryan said.

“But it looks like his rehab has gone well and I’m hoping that next week or this week in camp, he’ll prove that his fitness is back up. Then it’s really up to him to show that he can force his way back into the team in a position that’s jam-packed with some real quality.”

Ryan insisted that despite Mulevoro having been a core player in the past, he would still have to earn his way into the team like everyone else.

“He’s the same as all the rest of them. It’s up to him now. I’ll pick on form. If his fitness is up to the required level, then it’s just up to his rugby to do the talking.”

Ryan disagreed with recent suggestions that the national 7s team lacked faster players out wide, but however acknowledged the potential of former sprinter Niko Verekauta.

“Niko is coming into the training camp as he has been most of last year and obviously he is a good talent. We’ll see how he goes in the next few weeks. We’ve got the most points and the most tries than any other team in the world, so we’re not short of an attacking threat.

“I think Samisoni’s (Viriviri) departure last year left a big hole as far as having an out and out speedster, but we’ve still got some great players. It’s not attack we’re losing out on at the moment.”

While on the subject of former players like Ilai Tinai regaining their place, he says, Tinai is yet to reach the required fitness level.

“Ilai, as far as I’m aware, he’s still recovering from his arm injury, so he’s a long way from the fitness levels required to be near the national team.” The vodafone Fiji 7s squad marched into camp at the Uprising Beach Resort in Deuba yesterday after a two-week break.

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