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Ben Ryan wanted to see me play sevens again: Samisoni Viriviri   France-based winger Samisoni Viriviri has his eyes set on the Rio Olympics in Brazil in August. The 28-year-old
06 May 2016 12:37
This is My Chance
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Ben Ryan wanted to see me play sevens again: Samisoni Viriviri

 

France-based winger Samisoni Viriviri has his eyes set on the Rio Olympics in Brazil in August.

The 28-year-old from Dratabu, Nadi will join the Vodafone Fijian 7s team in London as they prepare for the Paris 7s next week.

Viriviri represented Fiji in the 2014 London 7s where he was the first Fijian to win the prestigious 2014 IRB Sevens Player of the Year and is hoping to create history again in August.

“Rio would be my main goal, I want to play there and win gold for Fiji. Fiji has not won an Olympic medal before, so maybe now will be our chance,” Viriviri told World Rugby.

“It is a really special moment for sevens; the Olympic Games is like a dream. To be able to play there would be amazing and a special feeling.

“It would be the first time that sevens will be a part of it and we aim to make history.”

Viriviri is joined by four other overseas-based players Waisea Nayacalevu (Stade Francais), Leone Nakarawa (Glasgow), Josua Tuisova (Toulou) and Semi Kunatani (Toulouse).

The focus now for the Ben Ryan-coached side is to gel the local and overseas-based players in the one week they are together before flying to France to compete in the Paris 7s.

“I’ve been watching them (Fijians) on television from France; I watch every game,” he said.

“Their game structure is strong and they are very fit; they are improving in every tournament and hopefully they will continue.

“We (Ben Ryan and I) talked about three or four months ago, he said that I will play in one of the tournaments, Hong Kong, Vancouver or Paris.

“He wanted to see me play. I felt really happy; it was a good feeling to know that I was going to play 7s again.

“I missed it a lot. I prefer to play both 7s and 15s but when I was growing up that (7s) is what we played. I just want to get out there and play the game as best as possible again.”

Fiji currently leads the World Sevens Series standings by eight points (147) ahead of runners-up South Africa who are sitting on 139.

Edited by Osea Bola

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