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Ryan Hints Rio Hopefuls

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan was reported to have hinted on the players who are likely to be in the final 12-member squad for the Rio Olympic Games.
25 May 2016 14:53
Ryan Hints Rio Hopefuls
Ben Ryan

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan was reported to have hinted on the players who are likely to be in the final 12-member squad for the Rio Olympic Games.

The 11 players are Jasa Veremalua, Osea Kolinisau, Amenoni Nasilasila, Seremaia Tuwai, Josua Tuisova, Savenaca Rawaca, Pio Tuwai, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Domolailai, Leone Nakarawa and Semi Kunatani.

“Our DHL impact player of the year, Jasa Veremalua is obviously being brilliant,” Ryan said.

“He comes from the fringes of the squad to the heart beat of the squad, but the real core rock is Osea Kolinisau at playmaker. He can play at rover or 10 and has got the highest tackle rate in the entire competition.

“With our play makers like Nasilasila and Jerry Tuwai our outside backs are now emerging. Josua Tuisova has just made his way into the series and Savenaca Rawaca who I think everyone has already forgotten about has been a star performer for us.”

 

Forwards

“We got our normal Pio Tuwai, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Domolailai, Leone Nakarawa, Semi Kunatani coming back from France. We got no key injuries now and it’s about putting that gloss in our last seven weeks of preparation,” Ryan added.

 

Rio anticipation

Ryan believes maintaining momentum is a key element of building-up for the Rio Olympics in August.

“Momentum is everything you can win and lose tournaments just like that by one decision and one mistake.

“It’s going to happen in the Olympics.”

Ryan believes all teams like USA, Argentina and Scotland have been competitive.

“When I came into the game 10 years it was just New Zealand and Fiji and now USA have come in top six positions with Australia making it into top four.

“There are so many side stories going into the Olympics Games, this is breathtaking really,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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