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7s warning

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NATIONAL Vodafone 7s mentor Ben Ryan has issued a stern warning to his troops to play well in this weekend's Japan 7s otherwise they will be axed from the team to play in the Hong Kong 7s.

Ryan challenged his players to deliver quality performances this weekend in order to maintain their spot for Hong Kong next weekend.

He said the boys had prepared well and were keen to justify their selection.

"I have told the players to keep quality performance in Tokyo otherwise I might make changes when we come for the Hong Kong leg," said Ryan.

"From my head coach's point of view, every tournament is crucial therefore I challenge the boys to give their best in Tokyo this weekend.

"I am looking forward to getting back into the pitch with these boys as this year there has been a lot of competition for places and I believe the boys are pretty keen to go out and show their worth."

Ryan said the side was injury-free and his aim was to finish the series on a high note and improve on Fiji's ranking in the IRB series.

He said competition would be tough and he's called on his troops to deliver what's expected from them.

"You never know what is going to happen from now onwards as New Zealand and South Africa are well ahead of us on points.

"I am not really concerned about them but I am more concerned about us ,and with four tournaments left we need to do well in the remaining 24 games."

Ryan said he had faith in the Osea Kolinisau-captained team to make the nation proud during these two tournaments.

Fiji is pooled with Samoa, USA and France at the Japan 7s and will face France in their opening game.

The side departed the country yesterday.

Team:

Pio Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Apisai Domolailai, Setefano Cakau, Leo Naikasau, Benito Masilevu, Emosi Mulevoro, Waisea Nacuqu, Vatemo Ravouvou, Osea Kolinisau, Donasio Ratubuli, Samisoni Viriviri.