“Fijiana have had some big victories in the last couple of years against some major teams. I don’t think anybody in the women’s tournament would want to play fiji in the quarter finals” – Ben Ryan
Everyone can remember when Ben Ryan coached the Fijian 7s team to victory in 2016, winning gold at the Rio Olympics.
The Fijiana 7s team should be a much better team at the Tokyo Olympics says Ben Ryan. They have been gaining more and more experience that they even defeated big teams like England, United States, and Canada in the World Women’s Sevens Series, Ryan believes they are capable of scoring upsets in the Tokyo Games.
Ryan told World Rugby: “I think the Olympics came too early for Fijiana in Rio, it was a new programme and we’d only just got them into training alongside the men, and they lost their quarter-final against Great Britain.
“Four years later, some of those players are still around, including Luisa. She has got a lovely stop-start (break), where she holds a defender and then just goes and leaves them for dust.
“She’s a very silky footballer who has been brilliant this season. Fijiana have had some big victories in the last couple of years against some of the major teams, and I don’t think anybody in that women’s tournament would want to play Fiji in the quarterfinals because they are capable of causing a major upset.”
Edited by: Katrina Andrews