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Up the tempo

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, January 06, 2014

THE players in the 23-member Fiji 7s squad will undergo intensive training sessions when they regroup today in Suva.

Head coach Ben Ryan expects an exciting build-up to the third leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series as players compete for the final 12 spots for the Las Vegas, US and Wellington, New Zealand sevens tournaments.

Ryan told Times Sport that they would focus on field play during training this week.

"Heavy volume of training this week, all on pitch," the Englishman said.

"Really looking forward to getting back into camp tomorrow (today).

"Twenty-three players fighting it out for 12 spots. Scorching hot down in Pacific Harbour," Ryan added on his Twitter page.

Players in the squad are requested to meet at the Fiji Rugby Union headquarters in Suva at 9.15am.

They are also requested to bring along the relevant documents for visa applications.

Ryan, who will be out scouting talents at a local tournament this Saturday, is not ruling out a possibility of including a new player in his final team.

"There is always a possibility but the issuing of visas always takes time."

The Englishman, who took over the role from Alifereti Dere, has retained players from the winning Dubai team.

Fiji is in the "pool of death" in Las Vegas, which starts on January 24, 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).

Fiji 7s squad

Apisai Domolailai, Benito Masilevu, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Eroni Sau, Henry Seniloli, Ilai Tinai, Jasa Veremalua, Jona Tuitoga, Leo Naikasau, 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

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