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No free ride

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, December 29, 2013

FIJI sevens coach Ben Ryan has made his intention clear that he will not entertain any laxity from the players wanting to make the national side.

The Englishman left London yesterday and is expected to be in the country by tomorrow to start preparing for the third leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.

The 23-member Fiji sevens training squad will regroup on January 6 to prepare for the Las Vegas and Wellington sevens tournaments.

Fiji is in the "pool of death" in Las Vegas with New Zealand, Australia and Scotland in Pool B.

The side is placed third on 48 points on the series points table behind leaders New Zealand (58) and South Africa (56).

Ryan told Times Sport the players "know the message" and have to come prepared to make the team for the upcoming tournaments.

"It's about giving everyone the best chance to do as well as they can for Fiji and give everything they can to get into the squad," he said.

"Sacrifice isn't a word it's a mind-set."

Ryan, who considers getting the Fiji sevens coaching job as one of the highlights in his career this year, is not making any predictions for next season.

"It's early in my career with Fiji and I'm still doing a lot of reviewing of what's working well and what can be improved.

"It's all about making sure Fiji sevens is stronger tomorrow than it is today and working hard every day to achieve that

"There is absolutely no point in prophecy or big quotes from me saying we can be world beaters.

"Action is more important and it's about looking forward and improving."

Fiji sevens training squad:

Apisai Domolailai, Benito Masilevu, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Eroni Sau, Henry Seniloli, Ilai Tinai, Jasa Veremalua, Jona Tuitoga, Leo Nakasewa, Lepani Botia, Manoa Tamaya, Marika Vunibaka, Meli Kurisaru, Mosese Mawalu, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai,Samisoni Nasagavesi, Samu Saqiwa, Semi Kunatani, Vatemo Ravouvou, Viliame Mata, Waisea Nacuqu