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  Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens coach Ben Ryan is not going to give up working on his players until they play their first pool game at next month’s Rio
26 Jul 2016 14:22
Train, Train, Train
Head Coach Ben Ryan watches the Team Fiji mens 7's team during training at the Sand Dunes in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens coach Ben Ryan is not going to give up working on his players until they play their first pool game at next month’s Rio Olympics.

A week after announcing his 13-member squad Ryan said he is happy with the players performance, fitness test results and attitude on the field.

“I will still be pushing the players hard during training,” the no-nonsense coach told SUNsports.

“It’s good that everything is going to plan at the moment. We certainly are still going to be pushing them hard over the next few days – a few hard days ahead for all of us.”

Ryan rates players

“The form of Leone (Nakarawa), Semi (Kunatani), Jasa (Veremalua), Apisai (Domolailai) and Vili (Mata), was just too hard to leave those guys out.

“Bill (Mata) and Leone are our two big boys who are 116kg and 121kg Both broke their fitness record. They really are flying at the moment. Jasa is always flying all year.

“Semi, has got good form now and Apisai always been the same he does the basics, there’s great competition and we’ve got good depth everywhere,” Ryan continued.

“(Samisoni) Viriviri and Savenaca Rawaca also rose to the challenge and produced some positive results in camp.

“Great to see Viriviri broke his fitness record as well, showed he got his speed back and his legs are back.

“I will push him hard and I’m sure he’s still got it. He is hitting close to 21 mark (yo-yo test results), he’s flying at the moment.

“Save has lost his weight that he needed to lose so all things are on track,” Ryan added.

The Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team leave for Santiago, Chile, from Nadi at 2pm today to continue on with their final phase of preparation before taking a one and a half hour flight across to Rio de Janeiro for the opening of the Olympic Games.

Edited by Osea Bola

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