5 Feb 2015

Sport: Viriviri return a boost for Fiji sevens team

2:51 pm on 5 February 2015

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan says the raw pace of Samisoni Viriviri could be the missing ingredient his team needs in Wellington this weekend.

Viriviri was the top try-scorer during last year's World Series and became the first Fijian to win the World Player of the Year award.

He signed for French club Montpellier in the off-season but has been made released to play at the Wellington and Las Vegas tournaments.

After being overtaken by South Africa at the top of the World Series standings, Ben Ryan says they're lucky to have Viriviri available.

"I've been talking regularly to Sami and some of the other boys that left to France last year and also lucky that Jake White's taken over at Montpellier, who is an excellent coach and has perspective on life, and was happy to release Samisoni and if it works out well then we will see him again this season. We've got some great players that have been playing on the wing this year and have been scoring tries fairly freely, but haven't quite had that out and out pace, that Sami had, to stretch teams and allow holes inside".

Fiji play Portugal, Wales and Australia when the tournament kicks off on Friday.