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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Ryder cut as Serevi draws line

Waisale Serevi has dropped the outstanding William Ryder - top try-scorer in this year's IRB Sevens series - from the Fiji side to contest the final two events in Paris and London.

Ryder was released from the team camp last week to attend his wedding on the provision that he would return on Thursday but, according to reports from Fiji, the player returned on Saturday.

"I reminded the players that this is a national team and indiscipline of this sort will no longer be tolerated," said Serevi. "I told them it's either Ryder goes or I go. He did not honour his part of the bargain.

"It was a difficult decision to make because this is the crucial leg of the series but we've got to draw the line somewhere,"

With just 10 points separating leaders Fiji from England going into the final two events of the season, Serevi's decision not only hints at a new sense of discipline permeating the game in Fiji, it also serves to underline his confidence in the whole Fiji squad, given the importance of sevens in Fiji, and of winning the series.

"It's been six years and we still haven't won the Series, we're in a really good position to do that now with just two legs left and I've picked the side which I believe will bring home the IRB Series.

"We've called in a new player Orisi Sareki because he's been training really well and we wanted someone with real pace on the outside, and he provides us with that option."

Source: IRB (


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