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Ryan: Don’t Rule Out Bobo

Former national rep Sireli Bobo is likely to join the Vodafone Fijian 7s camp in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Coach Ben Ryan said Bobo was in good form.
01 Aug 2015 11:05
Ryan: Don’t Rule Out Bobo
Former national rep Sireli Bobo, Coach Ben Ryan.

Former national rep Sireli Bobo is likely to join the Vodafone Fijian 7s camp in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Coach Ben Ryan said Bobo was in good form.

“Sireli trained with us before we went to Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Games just to keep himself fit and he is a quality 7s player.

“He was doing well for La Rochelle and when he finishes from Toulon we will give him the opportunity, I’m not worried about his age but I talk on form if its 40 or 41 years old it doesn’t matter to me,” Ryan said.

“I don’t judge on age but I judge on form, he is a quality player, we got nothing to lose, and we have a lot to gain when these players are putting their hands for selection in the next 6 months.”

The veteran Fiji international wing Sireli Bobo joined Top 14 club Toulon as cover during the World Cup. Bobo, 39, will be available while the tournament takes place in England from September 18 to October 31.

Another player he’s eyeing is Toulon Fijian winger Josua Tuisova.

“I admire him with the fact of how he has been doing in Toulon, a lot of people in Toulon speak highly of him and I will get to see him in September,” Ryan added.

Ryan will be heading to England for Rugby World Cup after the youth Commonwealth games in Samoa where he will see performance on and off the field of the Fijian players and will also paying visits to local players playing in United Kingdom.

“Straight after the youth commonwealth games in Samoa I will go across to London so that I can shadow the team for few days.

“Just to see how the Fijians play on and off the field, also a chance to go to French clubs as well will have to have negotiations with all the clubs,” he said.

 

Challenges

One of his major challenges now will have to get players contracted building up to Rio.

“Make sure we have enough players contractedI don’t want to see any off field distractions. I just want to concentrate on the boys and not worry about anything financially.

“We got 11 players contracted last year and we got to double that for next year top teams have 25-30 players contracted,” he said.

“Other challenges will be having negotiations with the club, some clubs may not release the players that we want to so we need to meet them one on one.”

Ryan also confirmed that Mitieli Nacagilevu and Donasio Ratubuli have joined in training.

“Players are currently having gym sessions in their various areas we are trying to put a lot of intensity in training,” Ryan added.

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