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Ryan knows HK 7s expectations

Rashneel Kumar In Hong Kong
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is aware of the expectations from the national team fans for Hong Kong 7s this weekend. However, he will not be swayed by that and will remain focussed on the task at hand.

In a repeat of last year's Hong Kong 7s, defending champions Fiji will take on Wales at 1.26am on Saturday followed by the match against Sri Lanka at 5.24pm.The Osea Kolinisau-skippered side will face Kenya in its final pool match at 11.16pm the same day.

Coach Ryan said he was looking forward to coaching the national side in the Hong Kong 7s.

"The guys back home in the islands are crazy about the Hong Kong 7s. It seems to be that you can lose every game and win the Hong Kong 7s and they will be happy about it," he told IRB.

"But that's not for me; every series carries 22 points and they are just as important."

Fiji 7s is the top-seeded side in the three-day tournament which starts this Friday. This follows the team's win in the Tokyo 7s over the weekend.

Ryan said that win had set a good platform for the Hong Kong 7s title defence.

"It's good to get on that podium again.

"When they want to turn up and turn on, they are not the impossible team to stop but they are pretty hard to stop.

"I have been very pleased with what's being going on. We are working hard. It's not been plain sailing but you can see what happens when we get the boys together and they start winning things, it's been terrific.

"I'm looking forward to coaching a Fiji side in Hong Kong and, hopefully, it's a memory I will have for a while."

Skipper Kolinisau said: "We are really excited, the people at home are excited as well and I think the expectations will be more after winning Japan".

The national team arrived in Hong Kong last night although Ryan has yet to decide on a replacement in the team for Hong Kong.

He is hoping winger Samisoni Viriviri recovers in time for the opening match.





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