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New Zealand rugby expert here to help

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEWLY-appointed Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) High Performable Unit manager Mike Ryan is keen to bring the formula that had brought success to the New Zealand Rugby Union to help improve our national sides.

Ryan, who worked at the provincial franchise and national level in New Zealand, joined FRU last month.

He specialises in rugby development which includes talent indentation and sports science.

"I'm keen to bring that knowledge but not bring it from that environment straight into Fiji," Ryan said.

"I need to find out what is needed here and bring bits and pieces of things which will actually work in this environment."

Ryan said he was still observing the ongoing development process to start implementing plans for the development of rugby in the country.

He said he needed to adapt into his new position properly before commenting on the direction the FRU was heading with their development process.

"It's understanding the situation here before commenting on not what we have done in the past but more concerned on what we are going to do in the future," Ryan said.

"I don't think there is going to be instant results. It's a matter of laying a bit of groundwork and laying a bit of what we can do better and hopefully seeing some results later on in the year and obviously in the years to come."

Ryan stated he was more interested in building foundation at a young age particularly players around the age of 17 to 18 years.


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