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  1. Sevens contracts backfire as England slump to shock defeat

    Posted Dec 04th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Airlines Dubai Sevens yesterday. It left England coach Ben Ryan mortified and struggling to come to terms with how England, who have have seven players centrally contracted by the Rugby Football ... Ben Gollings and Isoa Damudamu. 'We have been together all summer and this is the side bar one player who went to the Commonwealth Games,' Ryan said. 'They are a pretty ...

  2. England expect 'home crowd' boost

    Posted Mar 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... James Porteous james.porteous@scmp.com England coach Ben Ryan is banking on 'home-field advantage' to give his team the edge over their nemesis New Zealand and help them end a six-year title drought in Hong Kong this weekend. Ryan's team have come up against the Kiwis in every round of the HSBC World Sevens Series, losing four and winning one, and trail them by 18 ...

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    Washout for big names in HSBC Sevens World Series

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... competition. Coach Ben Ryan said before the event that his players were so demoralised by their performance at the Gold Coast Sevens that "they had not even gone out to collect the milk". ... is contracted for two years to the Kenya Rugby Union. His successor with England, Ryan, would have wished he could have said the same. It was left to New Zealand and Samoa to carry the flag for the big ...

  4. Samoa deal rare loss to England

    Posted Mar 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the tournament,' England coach Ben Ryan said. Perhaps the stars are aligning themselves behind England and Ryan as it is his first defeat in a pool game since he has been in charge. 'This is the first time we have lost a pool game in the six years since I have been coach,' Ryan said. 'It was very close and we had a load of chances. We will need to be more clinical and take our ...

  5. Determined Damudamu finally arrives at dream destination

    Posted Mar 27th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Sevens on television. I dreamed I would one day play in it. Now at last I get my chance,' Damudamu said with relish. England coach Ben Ryan is excited at the prospect of having the dangerous ... and was injured again last year before we arrived. It will be a dream come true for him,' Ryan said. In 2003, Damudamu was voted as the British Army player of the year, the same year he was deployed ...

  6. Contracts 'a deal breaker for on-field success'

    Posted Mar 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... leading to a knock-on effect on England, who have failed to bloom under the tutelage of Friday's successor, Ben Ryan. 'When we won four in a row [2005 was a World Cup year, won by Fiji], ... first call. 'One of the biggest issues was getting access to the players, whereas now the coach has access to the players from Monday to Wednesday. Anyway, I went one way and Ben [Ryan ...

  7. Stick injury a blow to S Africa's IRB defence

    Posted Mar 13th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... in the absence of Stick. Treu is not the only coach facing injury woes. England counterpart Ben Ryan lost IRB Sevens Player of the Year Ollie Phillips from the Adelaide and Hong Kong games after failing ... month at the USA Sevens. 'It is a shame to lose an experienced player like Ollie but this is a new opportunity for Oliver, who had a great debut in Vegas,' Ryan said. ...

  8. Fears raised over sevens rule

    Posted Mar 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... 'The revolutionary changes introduced this year would make this the most competitive Hong Kong Sevens ever.' While Tietjens was wishful about the issue, his England counterpart Ben Ryan was stoical, saying teams had to make do with the existing circumstances. 'It is what it is,' said Ryan. 'These are the rules, which have been set and we have to play to those rules. ...

  9. England prove too classy for HK

    Posted Mar 06th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... and plan their training accordingly when they get back,' said England coach Ben Ryan explaining the new sports science gizmo. There was no need to decode their approach on the field yesterday. They were fast and furious once they started to click in the second half. A brace of tries from Ben Gollings and Tom Varndell restored order. 'We've got the finishing power with six ...

  10. Double jeopardy

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... - in the Cup quarter-final today - to the dismay of coach Ben Ryan who described the method to decide the last eight line-ups in the three competitions as terribly unfair. 'How do you explain this system where we beat the second-seeded team in the competition and still end up playing them again in the Cup quarter-finals? Try explaining that to me,' said a mystified Ryan after England ...




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