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Tough challenge for Pio Tuwai to be in Ryan’s list for Rio

Lanky Fijian forward Pio Tuwai will need to impress Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan to be able to book his spot for Rio Olympics in August. Tuwai who just recovered from his injuries is now training hard with the squad. Coach Ben Ryan said Tuwai from now till the naming of the squad cannot afford to miss […]

Luke Nacei

July 7, 2016 3:20 pm

Lanky Fijian forward Pio Tuwai will need to impress Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan to be able to book his spot for Rio Olympics in August.

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Vodafone Fiji 7s Pio Tuwai. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire)

Tuwai who just recovered from his injuries is now training hard with the squad.

Coach Ben Ryan said Tuwai from now till the naming of the squad cannot afford to miss any training session.

RYAN: “Pio knows he cannot drop anymore sessions if he misses any session now that is probably his dream over and if he gets somewhere there and he gives his best in every training session and just worries about the next training session and know further ahead his thinking needs to go in that will get to an end where a good decision will be made.

Ryan said competition has been tough for players vying for their individual spot.

RYAN: “If Pio doesn’t train footy in this next couple of weeks then my decision will be made because he just won’t be fit enough and it won’t be fair to pick him in front of the other boys who are working very very hard at the moment.”

Vodafone Fiji 7's coach Ben Ryan (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan during an interview this morning. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Meanwhile, Emos Mulevoro has suffered a cut on his ankle and will not be part of training for the next three to four days but Ryan is confident he will resume training on Monday.

RYAN: “Emosi got a quiet nasty cut yesterday in training which required some stitches it means he cannot do anything for three of four days at least so he should be back on Monday apart from that everybody trained yesterday. I will need to work with him and see what time he need to have.”

Josua Tuisova has also joined camp but has not started training with the boys.

Josua Tuisova (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Josua Tuisova doing his own training at the Uprising Beach Resort today. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Ryan has given him some resting time before he joins the team in training.

RYAN: “Well at the moment everybody is camp now and Josua Tuisova came in but he still on vacation a little bit and because we need to give him some rest of because of the position his in so he is not going to train today.”

Jarryd Hayne has also returned from Australia on Monday and is been training fine.

Vodafone Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau and Jarryd Hayne at the Uprising grounds this morning. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Vodafone Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau and Jarryd Hayne at the Uprising grounds this morning. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Ryan is likely to drop three to four players by Saturday and will name his final squad to Rio next Friday.

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