Four new players added to the Fiji 7s training squad as they head back into camp this week with Ben Ryan

Four new players added to the Fiji 7s training squad as they head back into camp this week with Ben Ryan

Ben Ryan takes his squad back into training camp this week in Rakiraki with four new additions to the squad getting a chance to impress the head coach.

FOUR new players have been selected to attend the Vodafone Fiji 7s training camp in Rakiraki today.

The camp is to prepare the national 7s team for the Japan and Hong Kong leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series to be held next month.

A notable inclusion is 18-year-old St John College student Waisea Daroko who will be joined by Tabadamu's Taione Ravumaidamu, Westfield Barbarians' Akuila Vula and Eminoni Nasilasila of the Hideaway Hurricanes.

Some of the big names that have forced their way back into the squad are Jasa Veremalua. Pio Tuwai, Apisai Domolailai, Vucago Bainitabua and Marika Vunibaka.

All players that featured at the recent Wellington 7s have been named except for Viliame Mata who is recovering from a knee injury.

FRU yesterday confirmed there were some players not included in the extended squad because they were with their respective teams participating in sevens tournaments in Australia and also some players are injured.

A bus has been arranged to pick up Western Division players from Sigatoka Police Station at 8am, then Namaka Police Station in Nadi and then outside ANZ Bank which is opposite Shirley Park in Lautoka.

Players in the East will meet at Rugby House in Suva at 8am.

The players will break camp on Thursday as coach Ben Ryan is scheduled to travel to Yasawa for the Turtle Vodafone Nacula 7s this weekend.

Full-Time Contracts on the way

THE Fiji Rugby Union hopes to contract the best players to prepare a formidable combination for the Rio Olympics as the demand from European rugby clubs continue to haunt Fiji 7s rugby.

FRU High Performance Unit manager John McKee said contracting sevens players is one of the challenges faced by the parent body despite of the newly-secured $40million sponsorship.

He said the FRU was optimistic in contracting 7s players to fly the Fiji flag at the 2016 Olympics.

"At board level there have been discussions about the contracting of players," said McKee.

"It's a huge challenge. Even with this sponsorship deal, there are still contracts in Europe that are very high and very hard to compete with.

"But certainly with the focus on the Olympics, the union is doing everything it can to try and contract and keep the core of the 7s players or the top group for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

"Because the competition is getting stronger and certainly big countries are focusing on Rio, therefore it is important to keep our best 7s players."

Fiji 7s training squad:

Donasio Ratubuli, Leo Naikasau, Samuela Saqiwa, Emosi Mulevoro, Henry Seniloli, Semi Kunatani, Lepani Botia, Benito Masilevu, Samisoni Viriviri, Osea Kolinisau, Jona Tuitoga, Vatemo Ravouvou, Waisea Daroko (U18 halfback from St John Cawaci in Ovalau), Akuila Vula (Westfield Barbarians), Apisai Domolailai, Marika Vunibaka, Jasa Veremalua, Pio Tuwai, Vucago Bainitabua, Eminioni Nasilasila (Hideaway Hurricanes), Taione Ravumaidamu (Tabadamu).