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Ryan plans ahead

Rashnell Kumar In Hong Kong
Friday, March 28, 2014

WINNING the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series is not a priority for the Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan.

But finishing well in his first season with the Fijian side is.

Three more tournaments to play, including the Hong Kong 7s and Fiji is placed on the third spot with 95 points.

South Africa leads the series on 116 followed by New Zealand on 114 while England is fourth on 85 points.

With all tournaments in the series now carrying the same amount of points, Ryan said they had to start taking all the tournaments seriously.

"I'm not thinking about the series. I'm thinking about the next tournaments. If we don't win the series, we win another one or two that will be great," Ryan said.

"We got the same amount of tournament wins as New Zealand and South Africa.

"If you look at it really, it's been Vegas that will come back and haunt us. Not getting through to the Cup probably meant that we are 10 points less than we should be and New Zealand and South Africa might be less as well because we might have knocked them out on the way through.

"So we just have to deal with what you have got and if we continue to just close the gap even though if we can't get there at the end, I will be pleased."

Ryan has already planned a vigorous pre-season training this year in preparation for the 2014/15 series.

The top four from the upcoming series will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"You really get fitness in the pre-season and I didn't have a pre-season so 10 weeks of training we got in July, August and September before Gold Coast.

"They will be super fit by Gold Coast."

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