Former Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan has collected two prestigious awards in the sports book awards.
Ryan’s book titled Sevens Heaven: The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream, which chronicled Fiji’s journey to the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, won Heineken’s Rugby Book of the Year and Telegraph’s Sports Book of the Year at 2019 Sports Book Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
An excited Ryan posted on Twitter after the event. He wrote “Thank you @sportsbookaward for awarding Sports Book and Heineken Rugby Book of the year to Sevens Heaven last night. It was hard to beat the fun @tomfordyce and I had putting the book together but hearing so many others love it too makes it even more special. #Veilomani”.
Sevens Heaven isn’t not all about Fiji’s emotional journey to Rio gold, the book also talks about issues that affects rugby in the Pacific country. Ryan really poured his heart into the book as he revealed the guilt and despair he’s been dealing with over his childhood friend Noel.
Ryan and Noel grew up and played football and rugby together. Both of them dreamed of greatness but Noel would later associate with the wrong crowd, served jail term and his whereabouts are currently unknown. Chronicling Fiji’s historic Olympic triumph and some sorrowful memories, Sevens Heavens is a masterpiece for all sports lovers.
The Olympic winning coach is the mastermind behind the five-a-side Rugby X which is set to be given a trial run at an event in London later this year. There has been criticism of Rugby X but Ryan is adamant the new version of rugby will benefit sevens tremendously.
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