Veidreyaki says it will be hard to achieve Ryan’s legacy

FORMER national 7s coach Peni Veidreyaki believes it would be a titanic challenge for any coach to continue the legacy and the benchmark set by former Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan.

He said it would be hard for any local coach to repeat Ryan’s achievement of winning the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for two consecutive years.

Veidreyaki, however, believes that local coaches could win few tournaments, but to consistently win the series would be hard.

He also brushed aside claims that he had applied for the 7s coaching job.

“I did not apply for the position and I believe it will be hard for any local coach to achieve the record left by Ben Ryan,” Veidreyaki said.

“I don’t believe any local can lift the standard left by Ryan of winning the two series and the Olympics gold medal.”

He picked out national 7s trainer Naca Cawanibuka as another perfect replacement for Ryan.

“We need to consider Serevi for his international exposure, likewise for Naca because of his involvement with Ryan in the national 7s team for the past three years.”

“But I believe Naca might need international exposure as a coach which will be another challenge. Personally for me I believe I can handle the job but I won’t be able to meet the selection criteria.”

Cawanibuka and 7s manager Ropate Kauvesi have started preparation for the upcoming Oceania 7s and the first leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

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