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Ryan works on set pieces

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, January 16, 2014

THE National sevens team will focus on its set pieces and technical part of the game this week, as it prepares for the Las Vegas and Wellington tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Last week, Fiji sevens head coach Ben Ryan worked on getting his combinations, trimming the squad from 23 to 17 and also helped improved his players fitness level.

He said he was pleased with the fitness of some players.

"We have not spent a lot of time on our set piece yet, this week we'll do more and then again next week when we will be in Vegas," Ryan said.

"I won't train them as hard in Vegas but I'll do more technical things.

"Last week was all just about combinations, choosing the 17 and getting the fitness."

Ryan said some players stood out during the previous training sessions last week.

He said veteran Pio Tuwai had enough fitness to play international tournaments.

"Pio is not going to win any fitness test but he is fit enough to play international 7s and that is what I'm concerned about. He was good, he was hanging on out there, they're big boys.

"Its quite hard work for them."

He said it was good to see Semi Kunatani right in the front at training. He said Kunatani was excellent.

Ryan added players were injury free.

"From last week it was quite hot and I've been making the players work hard a lot.

"There's lots of blisters that's why most of them are stopping and getting some re-strap on the blisters and you know blisters we can sort them out so easily, that's easy."

He said nippy playmaker Emosi Mulevoro had recovered from a foot injury while Henry Seniloli was back at training after sustaining an ankle injury last week.

The final 12-member team will be named this afternoon at 1pm at the Bad Dog Cafe.

New Zealand leads the current series on points.

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