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A Baby Named Ben

A Baby Named Ben
Fiji 7s fan crowded the Nadi International Airport yesterday to greet 2014/2015 Sevens World Series title winners, the Vodafone Fijan 7s team. More on page 54, 55. Pictured here are fans trying to get a close-up photo of Semi Kunatani. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
May 21
07:50 2015

As many waited for the Vodafone Fijian 7s team to arrive in Nadi yesterday it was a different story for Mosese Tuilau.

He greeted his great grandson, Ben Ryan Tuilau, at the Colonial War Memorial Maternity Unit yesterday.

He said this would be their precious gift to the Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach, Ben Ryan, who has guided the victorious 7s team to win the 2014/2015 World Sevens series and qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 67-year-old man, who was also one of the founders of Suvavou Rugby Club, and has also represented the club alongside Lami rugby and QVS clubs during his time.

He said this was the best gift him and his family could give Ryan for his achievement in the country.

“There is no other way we want to thank Ben Ryan but to name my great grandson to him as Ben Ryan Tuilau,” Tuilau said.

“This is to thank Ben and the boys for everything they have done.”

Mother Setaita Tuilau with her two other siblings, Ilisapeci Rokosena and Neori Balawa, lives with their grandfather Tuilau.

He raised them just like a father; Tuilau said it was a precious moment for him and his two other grand children and his family.

“We are very happy and this is good news for the family, my great grandson is very healthy and we were looking forward to today (yesterday). I’m a proud man getting the chance to see my great grandson.”

Baby Ryan was born at 1430hours the same hour the team arrived into the country.




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