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Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan applauded the Government allocation for rugby in its 2016 budget. And he wants the players to benefit more from the allocation. Government allocated $5.4m
21 Nov 2015 15:37
More $ for reps
14 members Vodafone Fiji 7’2 team for Dubai and Cape Town tournaments 2015 (from left-sitting) Emosi Mulevoro,Vatemo Ravouvou, Osea Kolinisau, Seremaia Tuwai, Kitione Taliga, Emori Waqavulagi (standing back) Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Isake KatonibauJasa Veremalua, Apisai Domolailai, Viliame Mata, Pio Tuwai, Savenaca Rawaca and Nemani Nagusa after the team naming at Upraising Resort yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan applauded the Government allocation for rugby in its 2016 budget.

And he wants the players to benefit more from the allocation.

Government allocated $5.4m for major international tournaments and the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) has in turn set aside $2,336,740, to the Fiji Rugby Union to cover men’s and women’s 7s rugby.

“The Government funding is excellent,” Ryan said.

“From January we should extend our contracted squad and increase the salaries of the boys.

“This would also allow players to concentrate to be good rugby players, be a good team and fighting hard to regain the World Sevens Series title.

“On behalf of the boys I want to personally thank the Government and the taxpayers for giving us the real fighting chance to do well this season.”

Ryan hopes to include Tabadamu’s winger Emori Waqa, Nadroga captain Nemani Nagusa, Kitione Taliga, Yamacia’s  Sevuloni Mocenacagi and other players who are part of the training squad into the contract list.

“I want to increase their salary, give them enough money so that they concentrate on playing and put up a good performance for Fiji.”

Ryan is proud of the players’ performance on and off the field and is looking at giving the first chance to local players for Rio.

“I felt Fiji is the nation that cries itself on the qualities of players that we produced on the islands and that local players are given the first opportunity to wear the Fijian shirt.

“I’ve total faith in the boys last season and they delivered and I have no doubt that we will be focusing our Olympic preparation on the success of the performance of our boys in the islands.”

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