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Leone Nakarawa is likely to be included in the Vodafone Fijian 7s squad for the first cluster of the 2015/2016 HSBC World Sevens Series in December. The 27-year-old lock forward,
09 Oct 2015 11:38
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Vodafone Flying Fijian rep Leone Nakarawa.

Leone Nakarawa is likely to be included in the Vodafone Fijian 7s squad for the first cluster of the 2015/2016 HSBC World Sevens Series in December.

The 27-year-old lock forward, who is one of the standout players of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, is in Vodafone Fijian 7s coach wanted list.

“I’ve already had talks with Nakarawa’a club, the  Glasgow Warriors in Glasgow and I will talk to Leone when he comes back,” Ryan said.

“Leone is interested to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics and his club Glasgow Warriors will do all they can to try to help.

“But clubs hold their contracts, so it’s not a requirement of them to release their players for the World Series.

“He has got to make himself available for a World Series and they (Glasgow Warriors) also got to release him for the preparation period for the Olympics which are going to be a longer period than the World Rugby regulations of 21 days.”

Ryan is also interested in Benito Masilevu but said it would be difficult to get his Brive Club in France to release him for the World Series and the Rio Olympics.

“I’m keeping an eye on a few people but a lot of reliance on the clubs sympathy with our cause does play a role.

“They (clubs) do pay their (Fijian players) salaries so there is a big risk every time a player comes and joins us in camp if they are from overseas.

However, the focus will not only be on the players who are based overseas. Ryan said if they joined the squad they would need to prove their worth and not rely on their overseas-based reps to get into the squad.

“There are a few hurdles and if players from the Flying Fijians or from other clubs based overseas are selected for the World Series, they have got to play well,” he said.

“They will need to force their way into a training squad and then they have got to battle it out against the local boys.

“We will be picking on form, not on faces, just because boys who are based overseas are earning fortunes doesn’t mean that they are any better than the boys here locally.”

The Vodafone Fijian 7s extended squad started camp on Tuesday.

Ryan will travel to the Central Coast Sevens later this month to watch the Fijian clubs and the Zealand and Australia development sides.

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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