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Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, April 03, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan says Waisale Serevi was used to communicate with the players in the Fijian language without letting out any critical information to the analysts and commentators who were listening to their conversations during the halftime break at the Hong Kong 7s.

Some critics questioned the involvement of Serevi with the team at the Hong Kong 7s especially after winning the Tokyo 7s without him.

According to Ryan, the 7s maestro is someone he wants to get involved in his program going forward.

Ryan said it was something he wanted to try out before the Olympic qualification next year.

"Waisale was not around during training," he said.

"Waisale came to one training session with some kids, joined in and that was great. He was there before the games.

"One of the other things that I thought that nobody else in the series speaks the Fijian language. So at halftime we could get a point across in Fijian, and with all the analysts and commentators who were listening to our conversation, it just means that we did not give out information in a way.

"I will look at those and make sure that we got the right messages across that Waisale said was interpreted correctly. We have to try these sorts of things as we prepare for the Olympics. It is no point in waiting next year. We have to try these things now."

Meanwhile, a few key players who are suffering from injuries have been advised to rest. On the injury list are Donasio Ratubuli, Pio Tuwai, Emosi Mulevoro, Benedito Masilevu and Apisai Domolailai.

"Donasio has a hand injury that stopped him from playing in the last couple of games," Ryan said.

"Pio has got a rib injury that he needs to look after while Emosi has a knee injury and did not play that much in Hong Kong. Benito had a couple of knocks while Apisai was knocked on the second day and he did not play much part on the third day.

"We have an extended squad that will be training next week. The following week these players will come back.

"They deserved to be recalled in the training squad. All the 14 players who played in Tokyo and Hong Kong will put their hands up for the final leg. Also we have the likes of Viliame Mata who should be back fit from injury."

The series moves to Glasgow from May 3-4 followed by London from May 10-11.





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