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Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens rover Samisoni Viriviri in full flight against Brazil in the Rio Olympics pool opener at Deodoro Stadium, Brazil yesterday. Photo: Bruce Southick/ZoomFiji.
August 11
16:31 2016


Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens coach, Ben Ryan is not giving up on Samisoni Viriviri.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Ryan said he is keeping his fingers crossed that Viriviri recovers from his ankle injury in time for today’s final pool match against USA and later on in the playoffs.

“I’m worried about Sami he’s ankle didn’t look good,” Ryan said.

“I’m hoping that he recovers tomorrow morning, we will say our prayers and see if he can get back onto the field tomorrow. He’s been playing really well, he’s on form.”

Ryan said Viriviri was one of the players who played well in the first round and made two runs in their second pool game against Argentina.

“I just didn’t know what to say to Sami when I saw him hobbling off knowing his tournament is over after two touches. I just didn’t have anything to say to him, I felt so sorry for him. Sami didn’t get too much game time but you saw the two runs, he was blistering, really firing and then Kiti Taliga came on and had a full game in rover and played well.”

After today’s final assessment a decision would be made and reserve player, Masivesi Dakuwaqa is with the team in Rio.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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