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Tough training for national sevens squad

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, August 30, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has planned tough training sessions for the 30-member squad next week.

With just over a month left for the opening tournament of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series, Ryan will be working on getting the players to the required fitness level for the Gold Coast 7s in Australia in October.

He said Vodafone Flying Fijian coach John McKee would also hold couple of sessions with the squad.

"I will put them through fairly hard sessions next week. John McKee will come along to do a couple of sessions with the boys just to do one on one management at the breakdown," Ryan said.

"Naca (Cawanibuka) will do some conditioning. I will be doing a mixture of lot of game plan, lot of work on our defence and also just some hard running with ball generally."

Ryan said after the four-day camp next week, he would have a fair idea of the team he would be taking to Gold Coast.

"In the fitness, we are below where I want to be in five weeks but I can certainly see why Gold Coast is quite a good tournament in the past because I think they got a lot of game time under their belt in the last few months from 15s and 7s so they are not coming in fresh," Ryan said.

"Lot of teams typically start pre season with nothing in their legs and they have eight to 10 weeks to get themselves right.

"Our boys only got four weeks but they played regularly. Although they might not have the same time of the rest, they're already in quite good shape. That's probably I can see what was an advantage for Fijians in the Gold Coast in the past."

The 30-member squad will march into camp on Monday at the Uprising Beach Resort.

Fiji 7s 30-member squad - Apisai Naqaliva, Apimeleki Mocekula, Apisai Domolailai, Apisalome Waqatabu, Emenoni Nasilasila, Emori Waqa, Emosi Mulevoro, Eremasi Radrodro, Etuate Qio, Ilai Tinai, Isake Katonibau, Isikeli Vuruna, Jasa Veremalua, Jerry Tuwai, Jone Qorovarua, Manueli Laqai, Nasoni Roko, Niko Verekauta, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Samuela Saqiwa, Savenaca Rawaca, Semi Kunatani, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Sitiveni Waqa, Sunia Vosikata, Vatemo Ravouvou, Viliame Mata, Waisea Nacuqu

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