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Vegas bound

Maciu Malo
Monday, January 20, 2014

THE national 7s team left our shores last night with high hopes to bring smiles to the people of Fiji.

This is despite the financial struggle and the off-the-field saga faced by FRU in recent weeks.

Coach Ben Ryan said our gladiators know the significance of winning the IRB Las Vegas 7s tournament this weekend.

He said the boys had a point to prove for the people of Fiji as they prepared to take on the world's best at the City of Sin.

He said the support of the fans during this trying time would be an inspiration to the boys in Vegas.

"Before every game in the changing room, the boys know everyone in Fiji are waiting to see them play," said Ryan.

"This makes the difference and it's probably one of the things that we have apart from other teams in the world — the huge patriotism towards the team.

"This is the people's team and the boys know what is expected of them.

"The boys know how much rugby 7s means to the nation and it makes them work harder and makes them play well."

Ryan said he won't make any promises to the fans about the team's chances but he was optimistic the boys would deliver the goods for all Fijians.

"We will try and win every game and we will work as hard as possible and give our best shot for the people of Fiji.

"I know about the financial issues going on in the paper over the past weeks but I haven't heard the boys talking about it.

"We have a job on hand and we want to achieve our targets to the best of our abilities."

He said the financial issue would also inspire the boys to do well this weekend.

"Other teams have everything that they need but we are financially underdogs.

"We got a point to prove, we've got talent, hard work, faith and all these matter in rugby that will get the team to victory. Not cash, not the contracts, not big cars."

The side is pooled with New Zealand, Australia and Scotland.








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