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Vodafone Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan  Vodafone Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan The Vodafone Fiji 7s side is not swayed by the poor form of Samoa who they face in the opening pool match tonight.


The Ben Ryan-coached side expects the South Sea rivals to make a strong start to their campaign in the Hong Kong 7s which starts today.

Samoa 7s had come under intense criticism from their fans including its prime minister for the poor performance in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series.

The side is ranked 10th in the series standings.

Ryan said a tough side would be good for the national side.

"I got no doubt that they will have a fired up team playing against us. They have had a lot of criticism back home and if I'm a Samoan player, one way to get rid of that criticism is to beat Fiji on Friday night," Ryan said.

"In many ways, it's good that we got an incredibly hard start so if anybody thinks that winning Hong Kong is easy, after Friday night they will realise the task ahead."

The team had its captains run followed by a visit to the stadium yesterday.

Ryan will be fielding a strong team in the opening match with skipper Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri, Jerry Tuwai, Semi Kunatani, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Domolailai and Vatemo Ravouvou likely to be in the starting line-up.

"Opposition will provide different threats as the tournament goes on so you have to be flexible enough in having different ideas on your head for the teams you playing against," Ryan said.

Meanwhile, the weatherman is predicting a wet weekend in Hong Kong.

Ryan says that will be no problem for the team.

"I know that Fijian boys are used to playing in the wet. I never knew that as England coach. I always thought when it's raining Fiji would be terrible and I would have no problems against them then they would go and still put all their skills to the fore," he said.

"If it rains, the boys are probably one of the best equipped sides to deal with.

"We can still play our short offloading movement game in the rain better than anybody else in the world."

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