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Ben Ryan says the Vodafone Fijians 7s team needs to ‘raise some smiles’at the Las Vegas-Vancouver leg of the World Sevens Series. The Vodafone Fijian 7s coach departs on Monday
27 Feb 2016 15:08
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The Vodafone Fijian 7s team poses with U.S. Ambassador Judith Cefkin at the United States Embassy in Tamavua yesterday.

Ben Ryan says the Vodafone Fijians 7s team needs to ‘raise some smiles’at the Las Vegas-Vancouver leg of the World Sevens Series.

The Vodafone Fijian 7s coach departs on Monday with the team for the U.S.A event next week at Sam Boyd Stadium and at BC Place in Vancouver a week later.

While the country is still coming to terms with the devastation Tropical Cyclone Winston has brought to the country last weekend, Ryan said this was their chance to do the country proud. “Everybody here is looking forward to the tournament, especially since it’s been a tough few days for everybody in Fiji,” he said.

“We are hoping to do our little bit to raise some smiles across the nation over the next two weeks.”

2 new caps

He included two new caps, Josua Vici and Masivesi Dakuwaqa, in the squad named yesterday

Ryan said though Vici and Dakuwaqa have been exceptional during training, it was tough finding the right combination especially when Fiji aims to defend the Las Vegas tournament.

“Nice to see two new caps coming in as well, both of them have been particularly outstanding for the last two weeks,” Ryan said.

“This gives us some real go forward on either side of the field as a forward and as a winger in Josua’s case. But as always it is competitive in training getting that mix right.

“With the loss of some key forwards I am very pleased with the squad that we are taking to Las Vegas to defend our USA leg of the World Sevens Series where we played so well 12 months ago.”

Meanwhile, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor congratulated the two new players.

O’Connor acknowledged the fact the players faced a great challenge considering that some of them and their families were affected by the Cyclone Winston.  And while wishing the team all the best in the two upcoming tournaments, he encouraged the players to do their best for Fiji and for all Fijians.

 

Squad: Jasa Veremalua, Pio Tuwai, Osea Kolinisau, Savenaca Rawaca, Seremaia Tuwai, Emosi Mulevoro, Isake Katonibau, Vatemo Ravouvou, Nemani Nagusa, Kitione Taliga, Josua Vici, Amenoni Nasilasila, Masivesi Dakuwaqa and Sevuloni Mocenacagi.

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