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‘Need to Win’

The Vodafone Fiji 7s coach, Ben Ryan, says the team faces a stern test in the next leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas this weekend. And
10 Feb 2015 07:15
‘Need to Win’

The Vodafone Fiji 7s coach, Ben Ryan, says the team faces a stern test in the next leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas this weekend.

And he welcomed being grouped in Pool A with Wellington 7s winners New Zealand, Samoa and Wales.

“It is a tough pool and it is probably the hardest of the four pools but we welcome this pool as we need to win in Vegas,” Ryan said.

“New Zealand is always a tough team to beat and have played exceptionally well.

“Then we have Samoa who always plays well in Las Vegas and then we won’t be forgetting Wales, who always play quality rugby.

“But we welcome this pool because the boys play better against better oppositions and our main focus will be winning the tournament and not concentrating much on the teams in our pool.”

Fiji has slipped from second to third place in the standings after bowing out in the Cup quarterfinals against England and winning the Plate final against Australia 24-0.

Ryan said there would not be any need for changes in Las Vegas.

“We will carry on doing what we have always been doing,” he said.

“The boys are strong and very fit and I don’t see any need to make changes.

“We are keeping the same 12. I had a good look at all the games and there’s one or two players that I think deserve a second chance.”

Ryan said the competition was getting stronger as was evident in Wellington.

“Before the tournament New Zealand was four or five points behind us, now they are four or five points ahead of us.

“But we can overtake them again in Vegas and we get to play them in our group which is great, this is a chance to play the current in-form team on the circuit,” he said

The team departed Nadi for Las Vegas via Los Angeles last night.

Fiji plays Samoa at 1pm (Fiji) on Saturday, Wales at 4pm and New Zealand on Sunday at 9am.

 

Raikabula replaces Forbes

All Blacks 7s captain DJ Forbes has been ruled out of the USA 7s in Las Vegas and has been replaced by veteran Lote Raikabula.

Forbes sustained a mid-foot sprain and avulsion fracture to his left foot during the Cup quarterfinal against Australia last Saturday.

The team for the USA Sevens is otherwise unchanged and will be captained by Scott Curry.

Raikabula, 31, has played more than 60 tournaments since making his debut for the All Blacks 7s team in 2006.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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