Sevens

Fiji 7’s team not at their very best “yet”

Fiji 7’s coach Ben Ryan says the sevens team is still a way off their peak as they keep one eye on the Rio Olympics. Ryan told Radio NZ that everything they were doing this season was about being at their best when it mattered most: We’re certainly undercooked still. We’re not really pushing the accelerator up until […]

Peni Shute

January 26, 2016 11:59 am

Fiji 7’s coach Ben Ryan says the sevens team is still a way off their peak as they keep one eye on the Rio Olympics.

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Ryan told Radio NZ that everything they were doing this season was about being at their best when it mattered most:

We’re certainly undercooked still. We’re not really pushing the accelerator up until a few months before the Olympic Games but what we’re doing is creating a very good base and we’re making sure that fitness won’t let us down in any of the tournaments. Certainly we’re going to leave room for improvements – the bread and butter is we’re in a very good place, we’ve got local boys that are doing the business, working incredibly hard on the island and we’re very happy with what’s happening with the programme so of course a short trip across to Wellington we are confident but we’ve got a tough group.

The World Series resumes in Wellington this weekend with Fiji topping the standings from South Africa on points difference after the first two rounds.

One of last season’s star performers, Semi Kunatani, has been released by French club Toulouse for the next two tournaments as he looks to press his claims for an Olympic spot.

Fiji lost to England in last year’s quarter-final.

Fiji is in Pool B with Japan, Wales and Argentina in the Wellington tournament.

They will take on Japan at 11.36am this Saturday. Fiji will face Wales at 2.38pm and take on Argentina at 5.46pm this Saturday.

The Cup quarters will start at 12.02pm Sunday, and the Cup semis start at 4.27pm while the Cup final kicks off at 7.30pm.

The 7’s team arrives in Wellington later this evening.

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