12 Oct 2013

Sport: Ryan backs Fiji 7s team to compete but expects firm opposition

9:25 am on 12 October 2013

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan is confident his new team will be competitive this weekend as their seek to with the Gold Coast title for a third straight year.

The opening leg of the new World Series marks Ryan's first tournament in charge of Fiji, having spent the past six seasons coaching England.

The 42 year old wants to put more emphasis on set piece play but has also reminded the players to enjoy themselves out on the field as that's when Fiji is most dangerous.

Ben Ryan says his team will face stiff opposition from the likes of defending series champions New Zealand.

"They've got a very experienced side and will be obviously well prepared. Samoa: watch out for them this year.They've got a couple of outstanding little playmakers and they've had a renaissance really, I think they're coming back to where they were when they last won the World Series. And my old team England: I think they will do very well this year and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they were right there in contention this weekend but it's up to me to try to make sure that the Fijian boys are there or thereabouts come Sunday night."

Fiji's first match is against Canada later today while Tonga and Samoa open up against Kenya and Argentina.