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Focus on World

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan will be gunning for the Sevens World Series title in the remaining legs in Glasgow and London next month. With the aim at first
25 Apr 2015 15:23
Focus on World
The Vodafone Fijian 7s squad for Glasgow and London 7s tournaments Front: (from left), Vatemo Ravouvou, Seremaia Tuwai, Amenoni Nasilasila, Kitione Dawai (back-left) Semi Kunatani, Apisai Domolailai,Josaia Wini, Pio Tuwai, Savenaca Rawaca and Isake Katonibau in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan will be gunning for the Sevens World Series title in the remaining legs in Glasgow and London next month.

With the aim at first to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, Ryan said their focus now was the World Series title.

“Our focus has changed,” Ryan said.

“At the beginning of the season, qualifying for the Rio Olympics was the number one priority and getting into the top four.

“It’s what everything was driven towards, getting on the plane to Rio in 12 months time, that’s changed now.

“Our focus now, is winning the world title. We are not shying away from that, we are not trying to pretend that that’s anything other than our goal.

“We have 12 games left in our season and our aim is to win every one.”

Though it will be an uphill battle for them, Ryan said he is confident and satisfied in his 12 players and they will hopefully be winning more than just qualifying for Rio.

“Competitions tough but I am very pleased with the attitude and also the depth of quality that we have got,” Ryan said.

“Some of the boys have said they want to be stone writers, to make some real history and I’m very pleased with their attitude that they will treat every game as a Cup final.

“I know they will work their hardest to make sure, come three weeks time in London, we are going up twice to the stadium to pick up a title in London and the World Series.

“That’s all our aim, there’s no point in trying to hide it and tell you it’s anything other than that.”

With just over two weeks to prepare for the final legs in Scotland and England on May 9-10 and May 16-17 respectively, Fiji is in Pool C along with hosts Scotland, Wales and Portugal.

Jasa Veremalua has been ruled out for the remaining legs due to an injury he sustained at the Tokyo Sevens.

Squad:  Amenoni Nasilasila, Apisai Domolailai, Isake Katonibau, Seremaia Tuwai, Josaia Wini, Kitione Dawai, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Samisoni Viriviri, Savenaca Rawaca, Semi Kunatani and Vatemo Ravouvou.

 




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