Today in history

WHOEVER is going to fill in former national 7s coach Ben Ryan’s books will need to consider all the factors he took into consideration which led to the team’s success in the past three years.

This is the view of former national 7s and 15s coach/ player Ilaitia Tuisese as we look forward to the naming of the new coach to lead the 7s side to the new leg of the 2016- 2017 HSBC 7s series.

The Serea, Naitasiri native appeared on the back page of The Fiji Times on Otober 23, 1990 when he was shortlisted for the national 7s coach, which was retained by the late Ratu Kitione Vesikula.

“By now, we have a benchmark which has already been set by Ben Ryan,” Tuisese said.

“He has set a mark for the new coach to achieve and nearly every Fijian is quite fortunate because they got to see how Ryan worked with the team especially his players. By now, anyone can coach the team even without a rugby background because he would take the cue from Ryan and how he moulded his players to be able to achieve success.”

While diet, discipline and fitness are all contributing factors to success, Tuisese said the bonding of players with their coach was very important and this was something Ryan was very good at.

“Ben knows each and every player on and off the field and this was very much within his fingertips. He looks at what he wants to achieve, he has set almost 80 to 90 per cent of what is required of a coach.”

He said the Englishman developed a coach-player relationship that should set a good example to his successor.

Below are other news and sports articles which were published in The Fiji Times on October 23, 1990.

Two found dead on island

Two Lami youths were found dead on Mosquito Island, off Lami yesterday morning.

The corpses of Joseph Peter Powell and Walter Frank Sandy, both 15, were found floating in shallow waters around the island by the island’s caretaker.

Police spokesman ASP Romanu Tikotikoca, told The Fiji Times that the bodies were found about 10am.

Foul play has not been ruled out.

ASP Tikotikoca said the cause of death had not been determined. He said they would await the post-mortem examination.

Lau meeting to discuss progress

Development and progress will be the main issues discussed at the three-day Lau Provincial Council meeting.

Council chairman Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara had officially opened the meeting at the Fijian Teachers Association hall at 9am.

Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sir Michael Somare, was a guest at the meeting.

Soccer to name team today

THE Fiji Football Association will today trim the 22-member national soccer squad to 18 before they leave for the West for three warm-up matches against overseas teams.

They will also name the team captain as they prepare to defend the Melanesian Cup tournament in Noumea next week.

National selectors, who have been out analysing the team since they went into camp after the inter-district tournament two weeks ago, will name final 18 when the team returns to camp from training this afternoon.

So far, soccer critics have pointed out three players who may captain the team to Fiji’s second defence of the cup since winning it in 1988.

They are Tagi Vonolagi of Nasinu, Lote De lai of Ba and Suva’s Maritino Nemani.

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