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Ryan’s Coming

Ryan’s Coming
Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens head coach Ben Ryan, (sixth from left), congratulates his players after the 43-7 win over Great Britain in the final. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji
August 15
14:43 2016

Olympic gold medal winning coach, Ben Ryan is returning to Fiji to join the celebration before his contract expires on September 3.

Speaking to the South China Morning Post yesterday, Ryan confirmed this indicating he was going back to Fiji “to try and hide” before leaving his job as coach of their rugby sevens team.

Ryan said he’s not of a mind to renew his contract. However, he admitted that coaching the Fijians had helped restore his “fire”– on a personal and professional level – after his spell as England’s longest serving sevens coach from 2007 to 2013 left him disillusioned with the power brokers at the Rugby Football Union and questioning his future in the game.

Three years on and Ryan will return to Fiji as a national hero after his team won the country’s first ever Olympic medal with a victory in Rio that had strangers to the game of sevens all over the world almost as blown away as Great Britain’s players were in the final.


Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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