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Ryan Hopes For Positive Allocation

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan is keeping his fingers crossed for a good 7s allocation in the 2016 national budget announcement this Friday as he starts his Rio
04 Nov 2015 12:14
Ryan Hopes For Positive Allocation
Coach Ben Ryan during during Vodafone 7’s squad training run at Uprising Beach Resort rugby ground yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan is keeping his fingers crossed for a good 7s allocation in the 2016 national budget announcement this Friday as he starts his Rio campaign.

“Fingers cross, it will be great if we could get good news from the budget announcement because preparation starts now so any money comes out from that budgets then we are lucky enough.

“It will go to good use immediately to get the programme where we wanted to be,” Ryan said.

The training squad marched into camp yesterday in preparation for the first leg in Dubai on December 4-5. Ryan told SUNsports yesterday it would be a happy hunting ground for him as he starts looking at players’ combination for Rio Olympics next year.

“We want a good start as well in Dubai but that’s not my priority but my plan is to get my squad ready in 9-10 months for Rio but we want to put in a good performance in Dubai.

“We are currently the best team in the world and it’s best to tell people that we are the world’s number one.

“And you don’t want to relinquish that at the end of that Dubai tournament it will be great if we finish winning Dubai. It’s a happy hunting ground for me, playing great rugby,” Ryan added.

Ryan has also confirmed that he will continue to visit overseas-based players during and after Christmas and will be picking on form.

“I will continue to see overseas players during Christmas and later there were few that we were talking to.

“I’ll be delighted to pick on form, 12 local players, I know these boys in the island very well, overseas boys I haven’t got proper time with a lot of them. We need to trust the quality we have in the island and give them chance,” he added.

Meanwhile the head coach was impressed with the results the new players produced during their first fitness test at Uprising Beach Resort ground yesterday.

“I haven’t seen much of them in training but few of the wingers we have brought in are running 4.9, 4.7 levels in the Yo-Yo test so from the physical point of view they are okay.”

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