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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.





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