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Ryan wants to keep good record at home

Tom Smith
Sunday, April 20, 2014

BEN Ryan will look to continue his impressive record back home in England.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s coach has enjoyed a reasonable amount of success in London and up in Scotland.

"My record in London is not bad, in fact it's actually quite good," Ryan said after a training session in Pacific Harbour last week.

"I won at Twickenham back in 2009, beating New Zealand in extra time which was a big achievement. I reached the semi-finals last year eventually finishing 3rd," Ryan said.

"And I was involved in three more finals in Edinburgh and Glasgow, so yes a pretty decent record that I'll be trying to improve next week!"

This is the first time in about a decade of his coaching career that Ryan will go to the UK as an opponent and when asked on his emotions about returning, he was excited about the prospect.

"I haven't really thought that it's my first trip across to Twickenham with an opposition team, but yes, no doubt I'm really looking forward to it, obviously it's my hometown and I can't wait to see friends and family I haven't seen in a while.

"No doubt the boys will rise to the occasion of playing at such a theatre for sport such as Twickenham and no doubt we will put in a terrific performance."

The last three years has seen the weather in London rank as the hottest in the entire sevens series and Ryan is hoping the weather can repeat itself next week.

"Fingers crossed the conditions can reach the same heights as previous years because that will definitely play to our advantage."

As the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series draws to an end, Ryan stressed he wanted his side to continue to develop while being cautious about the journey his players would have to embark on to get to England and Scotland.

"We just want to keep improving, it's difficult for teams travelling to the UK, it's a long old trip and it will take us a few days to get there via Seoul overnight and various waits in between flights and also other things that pop up on the way.

"That will be tough but we will go with a strong and very fit side and hoping we can take out one of the tournaments and bring something home," Ryan said





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