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Tick In The Box For Ikanivere

Young hooker Tevita Ikanivere is the player for the future. This was the gist of Crusaders and Flying Fijians forward coach Jason Ryan.
07 Jul 2022 17:41
Tick In The Box For Ikanivere
Vodafone Flying Fijians hooker Tevita Ikanivere (with ball) tries to escape the Tongan defence during their Pacific Nations Cup match at the HFC Bank Stadium on July 6, 2022, in Suva. Photo: Leon Lord

Young hooker Tevita Ikani­vere is the player for the fu­ture.

This was the gist of Crusaders and Flying Fijians forward coach Jason Ryan.

He made the comment during the Fiji Secondary Schools rugby coaches’ clinic at the Bidesi ground in Suva yesterday.

Ryan was impressed with the Fi­jian Drua’s performance in the team’s first Pacific Nations Cup match against Tonga on Saturday at the HFC Bank stadium.

Ikanivere was one of the standout players from last weekend’s win over Tonga.

Speaking to SUNSports Ryan said Ikanivere played a good game.

“I’m really impressed with a few of them especially young hooker Tevita Ikanivere,” Ryan said.

Jason Ryan

Jason Ryan

“He played a really good test-match in the weekend.

“I think he is go­ing to be a good player of the fu­ture.

“His putting a lot of pressure on other boys in the team.

“There are some other players that have stood out in the team.

He added that the return of war-horse Api Ratuniyarawa this week will add depth to the team.

“Api comes back into the team this week; this will add strength into the team as well,” he said.

Ryan has faith that the Fijian side will put on a good game against Australian A this Saturday.

“We had some good progress last weekend against Tonga,” he said.

“I believe the boys went really well in the scrum and a couple of areas along the set-piece but we are always looking to improve.

“This week we are looking to be a step up, we are looking for a strong performance there; the boys are training really well.”

The Vodafone Flying Fijians start training under the Lautoka heat today.


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