Fiji Time: 4:06 AM on Sunday 29 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Tinai axed

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Fiji sevens head coach Ben Ryan has maintained discipline in the national camp ahead of the third leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas and Wellington.

The Englishman has dropped the experienced Ilai Tinai from the squad after the playmaker did not turn up to camp yesterday.

Tinai and veteran Pio Tuwai were missing from the first training session at the Uprising Beach Resort ground in Pacific Harbour.

Ryan said Tinai did not contact the team management and was axed from the training squad.

This is the second time that Tinai has been dropped by Ryan for indiscipline.

The Wardens player did not make the cut to the Dubai and South Africa tournaments of the world series because of indiscipline issues on and off the field

"Pio said he is looking after his wife and Ilai has not turned up and has not been in touch," Ryan said.

"So I won't be including him. He is not here, and I won't suddenly let him come in if he turns up tomorrow (today) because he has not let anyone know where he is. He has made the decision not to contact anyone to inform us where he is."

Ryan said Tinai was a quality player. However, he maintained that no one is above the team.

"I like Tinai a lot, he did not talk to me, we have our standard and it's simple."

Ryan added he will reduce his 23-member squad by next week.

Yesterday, Ryan worked on the players' individual skills.

"I will reduce this lot down to 16 by next week.

"I'm keeping an eye on who the 12 and the four reserves will be."

Fiji is pooled with New Zealand, Australia and Scotland in Pool B at the Las Vegas tournament which will be held on January 24-26.

Fiji is third on the series table with 48 points.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61880.5998
JPY 52.941849.9418
GBP 0.32410.3161
EUR 0.42560.4136
NZD 0.71310.6801
AUD 0.66260.6376
USD 0.47860.4616

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 13 for Rio
  2. Manslaughter earns Lali 3 months, 21 days in prison
  3. Man jailed for raping cousin
  4. Police to beef up security at Bati ni Tanoa show
  5. Farmer walks
  6. 10 years for rapist
  7. Fiji Times Online most powerful
  8. FRA: Lack of compliance
  9. Best improved cadet
  10. TIV Sangam AGM called off amid chaos

Top Stories this Week

  1. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  2. Tears of joy for Jerry's family Thursday (26 May)
  3. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  5. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  6. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)
  7. Families live in fear Friday (27 May)
  8. Remains of missionary receives a proper burial 200 years later Friday (27 May)
  9. Life of sacrifice Sunday (22 May)
  10. 7s fans disappointed Thursday (26 May)