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New faces for HK7s

Maciu Malo In Nacula, Yasawa
Saturday, February 22, 2014

RUGBY fans should expect new names in the national Vodafone 7s team for the Japan and Hong Kong tournaments next month, says Fiji 7s mentor Ben Ryan.

He said he would retain the core members of the national team that took part at the Wellington 7s earlier this month.

Ryan said he had recruited a few new players in the national training squad which would undergo vigorous training in the coming weeks.

The no-nonsense coach is in Yasawa for the Turtle Vodafone Ratu Meli 7s and is eyeing new talents that could be drafted to join his training squad.

"When I was in charge you will see that at the beginning of each series I always invite new players to be in the training squad," said Ryan.

"And some of these guys are surviving in the national squad while others normally go back and get better.

"There might be new ones this week and if anyone that catches my eye in Nacula will be recruited in the team.

"I don't think there will be a lot of changes but there may be one or two through injury."

Ryan said players selected for the country are based performance and fitness.

"I picked players on form," he said.

Ryan who was joined by national rep Pio Tuwai and 7s manager at Paula Biu was delighted with the talents on display by the island boys.

He said part of his plan is to take players to various part of the country and meet rugby fans.

"Some of the reasons we are travelling is for the players to meet the people," said Ryan.

"There will lot of different places that we will be visiting to make sure the players meet the people.

"The team was in this week and the plan is to visit new places in the coming month as the team is the people's team," he added.

"When I am in charge you will see that at the beginning of each series I always invite new players to be in the training squad," said Ryan.

"And some of these guys are surviving in the national squad while others normally go back and get better.

"There might be new ones this week and if anyone that catches my eye in Nacula will be recruited in the team.

"I don't think there will be a lot of changes but there may be one or two through injury."

Ryan said players selected for the country were based on performance and fitness.

"I pick players on form," he said.

Ryan, who was joined by national rep Pio Tuwai and 7s manager Paula Biu, was delighted with the talents on display by the island boys.

He said part of his plan was to take players to various parts of the country and meet rugby fans.

"Some of the reasons we are travelling is for the players to meet the people," said Ryan.

"There will be lot of different places that we will be visiting to make sure the players meet the people."


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