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Martintar 7s Ryder: I Can Still Do It

  Former national rugby sevens star William Ryder believes he still has what it takes to make the final squad to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in
19 Mar 2016 09:09
Martintar 7s Ryder: I Can Still Do It
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Former national rugby sevens star William Ryder believes he still has what it takes to make the final squad to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Ryder said he was only hoping to be given a second chance.

“I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve done in the past and now I want to make things right,” he said.

“This is the Olympic year so I’m hoping that national coach (Ben Ryan) gives me a chance to prove myself on and off the field.”

Ryder is now on a special training programme under the watchful eyes of fitness guru Epeli Lagiloa.

“The training has been real tough if compared to the trainings I’ve done before and that also include my diet as well.”

At the age of 30, Ryder says, he is able to perform to the highest level.

“Serevi (Waisale) can be Serevi, and Ryder can be Ryder but no else can. I’m happy to be part of this team. If I could do it by winning the World Cup in 2005 then why can’t I do it again? I still have that twinkle toes- if my legs are cut then this will be the end of it,” he said.

“Age is just a number if you concentrate on your training then nothing is impossible.”

Ryder played for Tokatoka Westfield Dragons at the Martintar 7s.

 

Drop in weight

According to Lagiloa, Ryder has reduced his weight and is now less than 80 kilogrammes. He had actually weighed in at 110kg on his first day of training.

“I’m really proud of the boys here they have really showed their talents in rugby. I have been away for 10 years but I’m grateful to be back and be able to share my experience with them,” Ryder added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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