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Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan wants his players to understand his demands while at camp, preparing for the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Yesterday, Ryan had his first training run with the 30-member players at the Uprising Beach Resort ground in Pacific Harbour.

While he felt a relief getting onto the field after taking a bit of time with all the various financial issues concerning players' contracts, Ryan said he was delighted to be on the field, training with the players.

"It's so nice to be on the field, coaching the boys after a bit of time with all the various financial issues this year," he said.

"It reminds me why I love Fiji rugby so much. We still got a long way to go and a lot of things to do."

Ryan says he has picked a good mix of players in his 30-member squad to prepare for the Australian tournament at the Gold Coast.

In building up to the event on October 11-12, Ryan will select two 12-member squads to compete at the Ovalau 7s tournament later this month.

He'll then select the Gold Coast squad and a team to feature at the Oceania tournament.

"I've got a good industry here, good determination and good quality of players so I'm going to have an exciting few weeks just getting them fitter and playing together and understanding what my demands are."

Players such as veterans Nasoni Roko, Pio Tuwai, Osea Kolinisau, Isake Katonibau and Ilai Tinai did not let Ryan down at training yesterday.

New reps such as Eminoni Naisilisili, Eremasi Radrodro, Savenaca Rawaca and seasoned campaigners in Vatemo Ravouvou, Emosi Mulevoro, Waisea Nacuqu and Semi Kunatani coped well.

Ryan said he was pleased with how the senior players blended at training.

"Certainly it's good to have the senior boys around in training, in the dining room, recovery session and in the bure — where they get themselves ready.

"They have to know that they have to fight very hard just to get into one of the squads."

Meanwhile, policeman Sitiveni Waqa was rested at training after sustaining an injury during last weekend's tournament in Vatuwaqa.

However, Ryan who watched the tournament was pleased with Waqa's performance over the weekend.

"Only Sitiveni Waqa is injured and I got couple of other boys with niggles because they have been playing a lot, although, we're just at the beginning of the pre-season.

"We still have to be worried about their workloads because some of them have been playing 15s and if we're not careful, we'll burn them out before we even get to the Gold Coast."

The side trains again today in Pacific Harbour.

Fiji finished in third spot in the 2013/2014 IRB 7s World Series.

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