DIGICEL Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan believes lack of fitness was a factor in the 26-12 loss to England in the Gold Coast Sevens yesterday.
The former England coach, who is now leading Fiji's sevens revival, said he would now be working hard to lift the fitness level of the Fijians.
The Gold Coast defending champions had taken an early lead through a try to wing Samisoni Viriviri before England scored four unanswered tries to seal the game.
New cap Vucago Bainitabua scored a consolation try for Fiji right at the death.
Ryan said things had to change.
"Fitness is a very easy thing to achieve and over the next month I'm going to be working very hard on their fitness," he said.
"I don't ever want to come out of the field again knowing we were not fit enough to play international sevens.
"We will sort that out (fitness) and I can promise you that because that is the foundation of playing international rugby."
Ryan said England was a far better team in terms of fitness and that stood out in the quarterfinal.
"I know what England has done in terms of fitness and we're a long way away from that. England's fitness told and the lesson the boys learnt was two-fold."
Ryan was also confident that the boys would have learnt some rugby lessons from that loss.
"One was how important it was to keep seven players on the field, and two, is when you make an error you get punished.
"We just got turned over just a little bit too much in that game," Ryan said
"There's a lot of things we should be working on."
England coach Simon Amor, who took over from Ryan, said his players showed more determination to beat the defending champions.
"It is not about Ben Ryan he is a great coach and Fiji are an outstanding side,' Amor told irb.com.
"It was about being honest, we didn't make steps forward yesterday and that was disappointing.
"A lot of honest words last night, a big focus on our defence and it was excellent in that match against Fiji."