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Fiji's Sevens Coach Given The Most Magnificent Gift Imaginable After Olympic Gold

Fiji's Sevens Coach Given The Most Magnificent Gift Imaginable After Olympic Gold
By Gavan Casey

Following their historic gold medal at the Rio Olympics, Fiji have rewarded their English head coach, Ben Ryan, accordingly.

After winning the Companion of the Order of Fiji award last week - the highest honour in the country - the 44-year-old Wimbledon man has been given three acres of land and a "chiefly name" in Fiji after helping the Pacific nation to their first ever Olympic medal.

You know where you can stick your BMWs, Russia. Did you make anybody a feckin' CHIEF?

Ryan, who coached England's sevens side from 2007 to 2013, plans to step down as Fiji coach and says he has had almost 20 job offers, most notably from Japan.

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Ryan says Japan has offered control of their 7s and fifteens team along with Super Rugby club The Sunwolves, telling Fijian reporters:

They offered me a very nice contract I said the same as I have said to everybody else I’m not making any decisions right now and with Japan comes possible Super Rugby with the Sunwolves as well the 7s and 15s, but look, sometimes you're embarrassed to say things but post-Olympics I had over 20 offers.

Chief Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara is also looking at other options, including Super Rugby franchises from Australia and New Zealand.

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