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7s rhythm

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, July 12, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan plans to build on the "rhythm" which makes the national team click in the build-up to the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Ryan arrived into the country earlier this week and hoped to start with the preparations by the end of this month.

The 2014/15 IRB 7s series will begin with the Gold Coast 7s in Australia on October 11 and 12.

The Englishman said maintaining the winning form would be the team's target in the upcoming season.

"When we find our rhythm, we are very difficult to beat and that's something to build on," Ryan said.

"Every team has lots to work on and really it's continuing to improve."

Ryan is hoping to meet the players individually in the next couple of weeks in the lead-up to the pre-season training.

He will be working closely with the Fiji Rugby Union strength and conditioning coach Nacanieli Cawanibuka to determine the fitness and strength of the players.

"We should also able to fit in a training camp in July. In August, most of the squad will be in Sri Lanka and then we should have about five weeks after that to prepare for Gold Coast," Ryan said.

"Pre-season is always about the basics. Work on their skills, fitness, nutrition and standards off and on the field. From there the defence and attack structures will come."

Ryan reiterated the top four finish which would seal Fiji's place in the 2016 Olympic Games was their main priority in the upcoming season.

"That means hitting semi-finals and finals regularly. We haven't missed a semi-final since Vegas so we are on a good run that needs to continue."

Meanwhile, Ryan underwent a successful surgery while on holiday in London and is recovering well.

"I had ankle surgery and will be able to run in a few weeks again. Enjoyed being back in London and did some work and met some key people while in Europe that will benefit the team this season."

Fiji finished third in the 2013/14 series behind New Zealand and South Africa, respectively.

The national side will miss the services of Samisoni Viriviri, Benito Masilevu and Donasio Ratubuli who all have secured contracts to play rugby in France.

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