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We Are Days Away

Three years of planning for the Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team is now days away, says manager Rob Kauvesi as they landed in Rio de Janeiro last night. As
06 Aug 2016 11:30
We Are Days Away

Three years of planning for the Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team is now days away, says manager Rob Kauvesi as they landed in Rio de Janeiro last night.

As they moved to the Games Village to prepare for today’s opening of the Olympic Games, head coach Ben Ryan knows of the challenge ahead.

According to London’s Evening Standard, Ryan is desperate to deliver not just for himself and his players, plus an expectant public, but also for the wider ramifications.

“The impact would be huge were we to win gold,” Ryan said.

“You see the locals and even some of the players and many live with very little. It’s a humbling experience and an Olympic gold would mean so much to everyone.”

Regardless of the result and his future— he would like to try his hand coaching XVs rugby – he will be eternally grateful to Fiji for recapturing his love for both coaching and the wider sport.

Requested to sign a confidentiality agreement when he parted company with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Ryan says he was “put under undue pressure” by his bosses.

That he now finds himself in Rio makes him laugh. His father Dennis, who is sadly not alive to see his son’s potential career high, was a travelling reserve in the javelin at the 1948 and 1952 Games.

Ryan has the chance to pen a more successful chapter in the family’s Olympic history and that of Fiji.

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