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Aiming For Another Title Defence

  The Vodafone Fijian 7s team intends to add to their five point lead at the top of the World Sevens Series standings in their defence of the series title
14 Apr 2016 13:06
Aiming For Another Title Defence
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The Vodafone Fijian 7s team intends to add to their five point lead at the top of the World Sevens Series standings in their defence of the series title in Singapore this weekend.

Fiji are the defending champions in Singapore, having won the last tournament back in 2006. Fiji defeated England 40-21.

Vodafone Fijian 7s captain Osea Kolinisau said most of the players were surprised when they were told during team meeting that they were the reigning champions in Singapore.

“I always remember it (the 2006 final) because someone dislocated his arm in the final, I always remember that day.

“I was a student at home watching with my friends and family. I was nervous and always found it hard to sleep when Fiji lost. You would go to bed thinking about it and wondering why they lost, what they could have done better,” Kolinisau said.

“But it’s a new destination for everyone and some of us didn’t realise we were reigning champions here as it was so long ago. It was brought up in a team meeting and a lot of people were surprised,” he added.

The skipper said communication was one of their key weapons which assisted them to defend their title in Hong Kong last weekend and Kolinisau insists they will continue the hard work.

“We just want to continue where we left off in Hong Kong. Our communication in Hong Kong was key to us winning. In the semifinals it just clicked, like a light bulb turning on and then everyone was just firing full cylinders,” Kolinisau added.

 

Ryan sets plan

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan strongly believes they are on track for the 2016 Rio Olympics as they aim for a strong finish in the 2015/2016 World Sevens Series.

Ryan has also said that he wants a win in London.

“We have five points difference ahead, we have won three tournaments, personally I want to go back home in London with the boys and win that and I want to finish high with the boys and go to the Olympics.

“There is plenty at stake for the boys as they also know they are fighting for places,” Ryan said.

The Vodafone Fijians are in Pool A where they are going to face England, Samoa and Portugal

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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