Saturday 10 December 2016

Fijian rugby coach was given a very strange gift for famous Olympic triumph

Published 29/08/2016 | 10:43

Ben Ryan
Ben Ryan

Every Russian athlete who medalled in Rio got a high-powered SUV from the Kremlin, the head coach of Fiji's victorious men's sevens side got something a little different.

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Former England international Ben Ryan was the man who masterminded Fiji's triumph in Rio, the country's first ever Olympic medal winning performance.

Ryan's exploits led to him being awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji, which is the highest honour given by the Fijian state.

But it didn't end there.

People from the Serua province went one step further by awarding Ryan with three acres of land on the south of the Viti Levu island on the Pacific coast and he was given the name of Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara in a ceremony.

Ryan has been living in Fiji for the past three years since taking up his coaching role.

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