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Coach scouts for U18 players

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FIJI sevens coach Ben Ryan will work overtime to select the best under-18 side for the Youth Olympics in China in August.

The national side replaces New Zealand which withdrew as the Oceania Region representative. New Zealand had qualified for the games after winning the Rugby World Cup in Moscow last June.

Ryan said it was important to select the best available players.

"I'm also looking for players that are under-18 for the Youth Olympics team," he said, adding he would also be scouting for players at local 7s tournaments.

"It's important to get the best team because secondary schools are sorted. There are lots of kids who leave school before they're 18 who have yet to play in the secondary school competition."

Ryan said any player who puts his hand up for selection would be given a fair go.

Late last year, Fiji Rugby Union acting CEO Berlin Kafoa announced that Ryan and FRU development officer Sale Sorovaki will head the selection of the team.

Ryan hopes to utilise the experience of Youth Olympic as a buildup to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The Youth Olympics will be held in Nanjing, China, from August 16-28.

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