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Sevens target

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NATIONAL sevens coach Ben Ryan will now focus on the Youth Olympic Games in August as the Fiji Rugby Union works on contracting Fiji 7s players before the next season starts.

The Englishman will take an under-18 side to the event in Nanjing in China.

He guided the Vodafone Fiji 7s team to a third place finish in the 2013/2014 HSBC Sevens World Series with 144 points.

And he says the platform set this season is a lot to build on for the upcoming seasons.

"Well a long season came to a close today," he tweeted after the London 7s tournament ended on Monday morning.

"Third in the series, two titles, top try scorer and world player of the year. More than enough to build on..."

"Next stop is the Youth Olympics — Fiji U18s 7s will be going for gold in August."

As for the FRU, they have until October to contract the 20 players named by Ryan for the 2014/2015 series, from which the top four-ranked nations will qualify directly for the Olympic Games in 2016.

However, FRU acting CEO Dr Berlin Kafoa said the contracts might be drawn up as early as July.

"The drafts are almost there and we are just waiting to confirm the monetary amounts and our target is by July 1 for all contracts to be done," he said.

"Once we set the amount, we will put it into the contract and the players will sign."

Meanwhile, another item on Ryan's agenda would be finding a suitable replacement for departing winger Samisoni Viriviri who will join French club Montpellier for the Top 14 competition later this year.

Ryan also tweeted Fiji's record against New Zealand and said they were working on a part-time program with other players.

"Fiji vs NZ was 3-3 in wins this year — we are keeping up with amateur players on part-time program."








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