Ben Ryan lauds Gov­ern­ment sup­port

Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s coach Ben Ryan ap­proached the New Zealan­der to as­sist him pre­pare the team for the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Ob­vi­ously Fiji is not right up there with the re­sources but they do amaz­ing things with what they have and now Fiji is num­ber one in the world.

Jeremy Man­ning

Abu Dhabi-based per­sonal trainer

The lo­cal pas­sion for 7s rugby has brought Abu Dhabi-based per­sonal trainer Jeremy Man­ning to Fiji. Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s coach Ben Ryan ap­proached the New Zealan­der to as­sist him pre­pare the team for the 2016 Rio Olympics af­ter his in­volve­ment as a kick­ing coach dur­ing the World Sevens Series.

“I think the Fi­jian pas­sion and their love for the game is some­thing I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore,” Man­ning said. “I’m not play­ing the game so to see the raw emo­tion of the boys go­ing through the train­ing and their game is sim­ply fan­tas­tic.” De­spite not hav­ing the best re­sources com­pared to other big teams vy­ing for the same goal at the Rio Olympics, Man­ning said he was im­pressed with how far the Osea Kolin­isau –cap­tained side had pro­gressed.

“Ob­vi­ously Fiji is not right up there with the re­sources but they do amaz­ing things with what they have and now Fiji is num­ber one in the world.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see this and I love work­ing with them as well as the Tele­com Fi­jiana side,” he said.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Abu Dhabi-based per­sonal trainer Jeremy Man­ning (left), with Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s cap­tain Osea Kolin­isau dur­ing train­ing at the Up­ris­ing Beach Re­sort yes­ter­day.

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