Ryan to look at all options
July 21, 2014 4:24 am
The new IRB regulation allowing players to switch countries, will be explored in depth by Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan.
With the 2016 Olympics on the horizon, IRB has changed its eligibility clause.
According to the IRB Handbook, Regulation 8, any player that has represented a national team, but has a passport for a second country, can switch allegiance during the 2014-15 IRB Sevens World Series, if there has been an 18-month period since their last national team appearance.
Players who currently fall in this category include the likes of Joe Rokocoko, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Lote Raikabula, Rocky Khan, Luke Masirewa, Viliame Waqaseduadua and even Lote Tuqiri.
Ryan says it’s all about assembling the best team.
“There are many on the island who I want to look at. But for the boys playing overseas for a number of reasons if an opportunity came for them to come and move across back to play for their home land of Fiji, than I have to investigate that, as it’s my duty as coach.”
The players can only play for the Flying Fijians, if they feature for the sevens team.