Ryan joins Fiji ahead of England Test

Date published: November 13 2016

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Fiji have recruited their former Sevens coach Ben Ryan ahead of their clash with England at Twickenham next weekend.

Ryan guided Fiji’s Sevens team to Olympic gold at the games in Rio and has now been given the opportunity to help their 15-man side prepare to face his home country.

The Daily Mail reports Fiji coach John McKee invited Ryan to link up with the team this week. Ryan returned to London in August after three years in charge of Fiji’s sevens.

The 45-year-old was coach of England’s sevens between 2007 and 2013, but he’ll now work alongside McKee as Fiji bid to spring a surprise at Twickenham, where they lost 35-11 in the opening game of last year’s World Cup.

“We’ve worked together in the past,’ McKee told the Daily Mail.

“I attended some of the sevens training sessions and was able to give some pointers and observations and I’m sure Ben will be able to do the same. It’s always good as a coach to have someone from the outside looking in. You can get tied up in the nitty gritty and that’s not always healthy.”

Ryan will be reunited with Leone Nakarawa and Vatemo Ravouvou, who have switched from the Sevens circuit since that Olympic success.

“[That Olympic gold medal] has given inspiration to Fiji rugby players across the board, to know what can be achieved when the preparation is right,” McKee said.

“Now they have the confidence to perform on the big stage.”

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