18 April, 2015, 12:00 am
Twinkle toes William Ryder is aiming to secure a spot in the Vodafone Fiji 7s team for the England and Scotland 7s tournaments next month.
Playing under the watchful eyes of national 7s mentor Ben Ryan at the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s in Nadi yesterday, Ryder has declared his intention of making a comeback in the famous national rugby jumper.
Ryder who arrived in the country on Wednesday this week manned the playmaker’s role for the PWD Bure — in his quest to win back his spot in the national 7s team.
The 2005 Rugby World Cup sevens winner said he was grateful to rub shoulders with the best 7s players from around the country during the two-day tournament.
He said he had few tricks up his sleeves to convince Ryan for a spot in the national team.
Ryder said he was aware of the tough battle from his fellow countrymen such as Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvou, Eminoni Nasilasila and skipper Osea Kolinisau.
“I’m ready to battle for my spot in the national 7s team and my aim is to represent Fiji at the England and Scotland 7s tournaments,’ he said.
“I know the competition will be tough and I am here to prove my worth.
“Representing Fiji is a wonderful experience for me and I will not waste this golden opportunity.”
Ryder says he still needs to improve on his fitness in order to evenly match against the national training squad members.
“I have been playing the full code for the past few years and I need to familiarise myself in the 7s code.
“The 7s game is not new to me and I am confident of returning to top form soon.”
National 7s coach Ben Ryan said players such as Ryder, Setefano Cakau, Samuel Saqiwa, Nasoni Roko were some of the players likely to give hard time to national 7s players.
Ryan will select his 18-member training squad this afternoon.