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Our New Defence Coach

The Fiji Rugby Union yesterday confirmed the appointment of its new defence coach for the Vodafone Flying Fijians team, He is Australian dual code champion Peter Ryan and Vodafone Flying
09 Jun 2017 11:00
Our New Defence Coach
The Vodafone Flying Fijians training in Melbourne on June 8, 2017. Photo: Fiji Rugby

The Fiji Rugby Union yesterday confirmed the appointment of its new defence coach for the Vodafone Flying Fijians team,

He is Australian dual code champion Peter Ryan and Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach, John McKee will now have added experience and expertise for the team’s 2017 June and July tests, as the team focuses on RWC2019 qualification.

The Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer stated FRU was grateful to engage Ryan who is a well-known professional in his field who will be able to contribute positively towards the Vodafone Flying Fijians.

This will create great opportunities for the Vodafone Flying Fijians, our elite programmes, domestic rugby (primary, secondary, clubs, provincial and Fiji rugby) in general.

Rugby and rugby league cross-code pioneer Peter Ryan is a former Brumbies championship winner and Brisbane Broncos premiership player.

He is currently the defence coach for the Brumbies, and has agreed to join McKee’s coaching staff for Test assemblies and tours.

Ryan was the first player to win grand finals in both the NRL and Super Rugby, and along with Brad Thorn, is one of the few league forwards to successfully transition to Union.

Described by Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy as “one of the most devastating defenders” in rugby league, Ryan played for the Broncos from 1989 to 1999.

He switched codes to join the Brumbies and won a Super Rugby title in 2001, before finishing his playing career in Japan.

McKee said Ryan will take charge of the collision zone and fine-tune the Vodafone Flying Fijians breakdown work and tackling techniques.

McKee says that Ryan’s appointment, on top of the addition of Strength & Conditioning coaches Damian Marsh and John Pryor, will play a vital role in the team’s preparations for the June and July tests, as all three are world class in their roles.

“The three new technical coaches will make invaluable contributions to the Vodafone Flying Fijians World Cup campaign given their success in their respective roles with their former teams, which cannot be underestimated.

Ryan joined the Vodafone Flying Fijians in Melbourne and has been training the team since then.

“Since joining the team in the last two days I’ve seen a passion of what I teach in terms of defence taken to a new level.

“The Vodafone Flying Fijians have got ownership in terms of their passion for rugby but from now forward I think their passion will be defence in rugby and I think that the Wallabies this weekend is going to be a stepping stone for us to doing something quite special come the next two years at the Rugby World Cup” he said.

“Everyone speaks about the Vodafone Flying Fijians as a wonderful attacking team and I think that if we can add another dimension in terms of their defensive focus I think that they could be a team that could be possibly unstoppable and maybe along the lines of the All Blacks with years to come” Ryan added.

– FIJI RUGBY UNION

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