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Vodafone Fijian 7s Reps Yet To Gel: Ryan

  The Vodafone Fijian 7s side will need to qualify for the Cup quarterfinals in order to retain their World Sevens Series title. The Fijians are pooled with Wales, Australia
17 May 2016 11:33
Vodafone Fijian 7s Reps Yet To Gel: Ryan
Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Waisea Nayacalevu attacks against Samoa in the Cup final of the Paris 7s yesterday. Photo: Ian Muir

 

The Vodafone Fijian 7s side will need to qualify for the Cup quarterfinals in order to retain their World Sevens Series title.

The Fijians are pooled with Wales, Australia and England in the last leg of the series in London this weekend.

Coach Ben Ryan said despite overseas-based players stamping their mark in Paris over the weekend, gelling the team together is still the goal for him.

“We still have to do a fair amount of work to gel them as a team, you just can’t hope that you pick the best players from around the globe and they will knit together,” Ryan told World Rugby.

“We’ve a way of doing things that we think work and I am delighted because they are a great bunch, so coachable and I am so lucky that I am coaching Fiji at this moment in time.”

With one eye on the Rio Olympics in Brazil in August, Ryan said every player needed to give in 110 per cent as no spot was secured.

“We have a huge amount of players that are full of talent but they still have to go through our system,” he said.

“We want to be in top form going into the Olympics and I want 20 players putting their hands up for selection.

“The camp will be like Britain’s Got Talent or the X-Factor, boys are going to get chopped until we get down to 12, it will be like a shootout.

“All these stars are going to be back, everyone will be fighting hard. I’ve seen a glimpse of it this week, there is no space to play, the competition is so high, it’s always at 110 per cent.

“We’re going to have that for six or seven weeks. I need to get that balance right, but I will stay true to my values and pick on form.”

Australia scored three tries in nine minutes before Leone Nakarawa scored for Fiji to trail 15-5 at halftime in the Cup quarterfinal.

Samisoni Viriviri and Jasa Veremalua’s tries in the second half with Vatemo Ravouvou conversion allowed Fiji to win 17-15.

 Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 


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