‘Fiji to plan well’

RUGBY 7s greats, coach Ben Ryan and wizard Waisale Serevi yesterday predicted an exciting year for the Fiji Airways 7s team.

After the national side to the Australia and New Zealand tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Ryan and Serevi said Fiji had to plan well to have a winning campaign in the series, the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Sevens Rugby World Cup in the US.

“I know players will be trying their best to catch the eyes of Gareth and force their way into the national squad,” Ryan said.

“It is a funny season with the world cup and the Commonwealth Games.

“Each team doing both will have to plan well if they are going to both and take them strongly.

“Some might choose one, but Hong Kong will be different this year because now non-Commonwealth teams such as Argentina, America and France might go deep in Hong Kong.”

Serevi called on national reps to be consistent in their play, especially in the Sydney 7s and Hamilton 7s.

“They have learned a lot from Dubai. Discipline was the issue. The only worry is the consistency of these players,” he said.

Meanwhile, Serevi and Ryan believe former rep Pio Tuwai could still make a comeback in the national side if he improves his fitness.

The 2018 Mana Whey Coral Coast’s Uprising Schools Sevens was won by Tuva Youth after beating KISSP Investment Wesley Fijian 10-5. Tuva won on extra time after they drew 5-all at fulltime.

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