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Focus on power, strength

Rodney Duthie
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

NATIONAL coach Ben Ryan will add power and strength to the team next season.

During a blow out session at the City Fitness Centre in Wellington yesterday, Ryan noted his players lacked knowledge on strength training in the gym.

With strength training becoming an important part of the sevens game, the side worked on power and strength bursts with fitness experts at the centre.

Ryan said he was impressed with the enthusiasm shown by players and would work on improving their overall performance.

"I haven't really seen them in a gym much so now I have an idea of their strength levels.

"Some of that stuff takes a bit longer and I can see from their weight training that they've got a young training age.

"Their power was pretty obvious as well, they are very powerful athletes and we've got a group that will work very hard.

"During our off-season it will be important to get our strength gains up. We can hugely improve on that over the next 12 months."

Ryan added he saw in his players the will to learn.

"I want us to be better every day and coaches' always have high expectations. You can't be totally satisfied with anything but I'm happy with how hard they have been working and they are very good rugby players."

Meanwhile, the side played against Wales in a warm-up match yesterday where the players were able to test their defence and attack lines.

Ryan had the opportunity to test his players as he decides on his starting seven for their tournament opener against New Zealand on Friday.

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