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Keep Ben: McKee

John McKee wants Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan to remain with Fiji Rugby after his contract expires after the 2016 Rio Olympics in August. The  Vodafone Flying Fijians head
11 Dec 2015 11:43
Keep Ben: McKee
John McKee

John McKee wants Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan to remain with Fiji Rugby after his contract expires after the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.

The  Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach said they would like to put some plans in place to make sure that Ryan can do both – coach 7s and 15s.

McKee said this after Ryan indicated last week that he would like to take up a new challenge coaching 15s after the Rio Olympics. Ryan also said he would not coach any other team apart from Fiji after Rio 2016.

 “Ben is obviously starting to think of life beyond Rio.  It would be good for Fiji Rugby if Ben stays,” McKee said yesterday.

“We have had some very casual discussions at Fiji Rugby Union about what Ben wants to do post Rio. I think in the long-term he would like to coach 15s.

“We could perhaps work some things here where he could do a bit of both but we will see because it is not for me to make those decisions.

“Ben and I talk about a lot of things and that is one of the things that we will have a really good chat about.

“When he comes back I think he will take a little holiday, so when we catch up in January we will map out a bit of a plan for the programme post-Rio.”

McKee is optimistic the Vodafone Fijian 7s team can win the inaugural Cape Town Sevens.

“It’s another big challenge for the boys in Cape Town this week, I know on that circuit that it’s very hard to have two tournaments back to back,” McKee said.

“But I’m sure this week they will be concentrating on their recovery to make sure that they are physically ready for the competition.

“They will take a lot of confidence from Dubai in the way that they played. South Africa at home is always going to be a very good team and they always play very strongly at home.

“I expect it to be very competitive and hopefully the boys can continue their form and maybe for the first time get a back-to- back win; it is a massive challenge.”

McKee said the Fijian 7s performance in Dubai was a reflection of the hard work they put in to prepare themselves for a physical tournament.

“Looking at Dubai, I saw a very strong and very physical performance, it reflects the amount of work the squad has put in, in the off-season,” he said.

“Not only their fitness but their one-on-one skills around the tackle, ruck area and restarts.

“ The game is getting much more physical, teams are much more competitive around the ruck areas, so the games being two days are very tiring.”

Fiji plays Scotland at 9.59pm on Saturday, Russia at 1:20am on Sunday and Argentina at 5:03am.

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