11 Jul 2016

Sport: Fiji confident of sevens success in Rio

12:19 pm on 11 July 2016

The Fiji sevens team believe they are best side on the planet and are not shying away from the expectation of success at the Rio Olympics.

22 men and 19 women have spent the past four weeks in their respective camps, being put through exhaustive fitness sessions and playing inter-squad matches against their fellow hopefuls.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The men are are one of the favourites to win gold in Brazil and head coach Ben Ryan says the players have become more accustomed to the spotlight in the last two years.

"At the end of the day, we're about to go to the world's biggest sporting event and with that comes enormous amount of spotlight on you at certain times and different types of pressure."

"We've been going through that for the last five/six weeks as back to back World Series champions, we've been getting more press than any of the other sevens teams in the world in the last two years and all of that's going to help us because we can deal with it well," he said.

"We did have a bit of a shock to the system when Jarryd (Hayne) first came in in London and the attitude of some of those Australian journalists...It's been highly entertaining and exciting really the spotlight on Fiji sevens - it's well deserved."

"We are where we are on form and on merit and we're going into the Olympic Games in the first sevens competition ever as number one seeds and favourites. We're not hiding away from that fact - we feel we have the best team on the planet and we want to make sure we enjoy ourselves and put in our best performances in Rio," he said.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will announce the final 12 person squads for the Fiji men's and women's teams this Saturday.

Fiji celebrate during their opening demolition of Japan at the Wellington Sevens, Saturday, 30 January, 2016. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

Fiji celebrate during their opening demolition of Japan at the Wellington Sevens Photo: Photosport