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Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FORMER Vodafone Fiji 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau was impressive in the national team fitness test in Suva yesterday.

Kolinisau topped the beep test (yoyo test) at the FMF Gymnasium after managing to surpass Level 18.

Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan was satisfied with the fitness level of the 17 players who attended the test and was particularly pleased with Kolinisau's commitment.

"He (Osea) just showed the rest of the boys that he is clearly the quickest, the fastest and fittest here and that's what I want from my captain," Ryan said.

"I thought that was an excellent start. Hats off to Oscar for coming out firing and sending the message to the rest of the boys."

Other players who were impressive in the beep test included Isikeli Vuruna, Sitiveni Waqa, Emori Waqa and Niko Verekauta.

Former national sprinter Verekauta also recorded the fastest time in the 40 metres dash at the ANZ Stadium.

Ryan was also pleased with the form of former national rep Nasoni Roko and revealed his intention of giving the 34-year-old another chance to don the national jumper.

He is eyeing Roko for the hooker's position.

"I got huge amount of respect for Nasoni. Whenever and wherever I have watched him play in England and now in Fiji, he is a 100 per cent," Ryan said.

"He gives everything and a great example to the younger players. If he keeps doing what he is doing, he will be one of the players invited to camp next week."

Ryan said the players would have to improve their fitness result by at least another 20 per cent in days leading up to the opening tournament of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series in the Gold Coast, Australia.

He added the standard fitness for professional 7s players was Level 20.

"We got a month to do that and I'm pretty confident, I will be able to get them to not the fittest but I want them to be fit enough to compete in the Gold Coast.

"We got a good depth here so as a coach I could be as harsh as I want to be with these boys. If they don't hit the standards then I will spell it out to them and they are out and somebody else comes in."

Ryan is expected to name a 24 to 30- member squad after the fitness test of the western-based players today in Sigatoka.

The squad will then march into camp on Monday.

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