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Ryan ‘…Is One of Us’

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is now one of us, says Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou while welcoming the Vodafone Fiji 7s at Nadi International Airport yesterday
15 Oct 2014 10:53
Ryan ‘…Is One of Us’
Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan with the Gold Coast Sevens trophy at the Raffles Gateway Hotel in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Sheik Dean

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is now one of us, says Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou while welcoming the Vodafone Fiji 7s at Nadi International Airport yesterday morning.

“I must say after watching coach Ryan speak a few iTaukei words, he is certainly one of us now,” the Minister said.

“The Fijian Government through the Fiji National Sports Commission has ensured that we remunerate Ben Ryan for his services. Your country shares with you the joy of your victory.”

Tuitubou thanked the players and officials for their efforts along with the local sponsors for providing the much-needed support.

“Last Friday our country celebrated its 44th year of Independence and your victory on this first leg of the 2014-2015 IRB Sevens Series at Gold Coast on Sunday is certainly, the extra icing on the cake.”

However, Tuitubou raised his concern about Fiji losing players to overseas clubs.

“This can only be reduced or stopped by rewarding the players for their efforts. And this is where local companies come in as sponsors to support the players,” he said.

The team was hosted to a reception at the Raffles Gateway Hotel where sponsors Vodafone Fiji and Fiji Airways presented them with a bonus cheque of $20,000.

Skipper and Gold Coast Player of the Tournament, Osea Kolinisau, said they had a great start in Round One of the 2014/15 IRB World Sevens Series, and thanked the players for their efforts.

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