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Gold Chance ‘High’

World Rugby Oceania Rugby Services manager Bruce Cook strongly believes the Vodafone Fijian 7s team have good chances to win medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “Let’s face it from
06 May 2015 09:37
Gold Chance ‘High’
Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Semi Kunatani, and coach Ben Ryan in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Courtesy of Ben Ryan

World Rugby Oceania Rugby Services manager Bruce Cook strongly believes the Vodafone Fijian 7s team have good chances to win medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Let’s face it from the Oceania men and women have good medal chances,” Cook said.

“Fiji is doing quite well and the Glasgow and London 7s will be a real test for them to finish on the top of the table.

“The sky is the limit for Fiji for the 2016 Rio Olympics,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Vodafone Fijian 7s side are polishing up preparation for this weekend’s Glasgow 7s.

Head coach Ben Ryan said they planned scrimmaging sessions with Kenya and Canada later this week.

“First day was a normal day and we had various training, resting and practice matches,” Ryan said.

Fiji last won the Glasgow 7s back in 2009 while New Zealand are the current defending champions.

Meanwhile, Cook strongly believes FRU will have a strong player base for the Flying Fijians, Fijiana and the Vodafone 7s team if they continue to work with players who have left secondary school.

“There have been increases with the amount of players in Fiji from the mid of last year. They have been running a mass participation programmes, which was Get Into Rugby,” he said.

“This programme is promoted by World Rugby they have big increases with kids and 40 per cent are females, which is really good.

“They have to make sure they continue along those lines and think about what they are going to do with this young people when they come out of the school system.”

Cook said if players who come out from the school system were retained then there would be bigger base of national players available for selection for 7s and 15s rugby.

“They have so many players coming out from the school system it will increase their player base if they are retained, even three quarters of their players. They will have a bigger base to choose from the Flying Fijians and the 7s team as well as Fijiana. It will be good for the game in Fiji.”

The Oceania rugby sevens qualifications for the 2016 Rio Olympics will be held in Auckland in November and the winner from there qualifies for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For the Glasgow 7s, Fiji will play Wales in their first pool match at 11.42pm on Saturday, followed by their second game against Portugal at 2.48am on Sunday with their final game against Scotland at 6.21am.

All games will be aired live on both Fiji One and FBC TV.

The 2015 Glasgow 7s starts at 9.30pm on Saturday with Canada playing the United States in the opening match.

The tournament is scheduled for May 9-10.

Feedback: anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 



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