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Rio 2016: Brentford fan Ben Ryan awarded highest honour in Fiji after guiding rugby sevens side to Olympic gold

Ryan guided his team to sevens gold after beating Great Britain 43-7 at the Rio Olympics

England-born coach Ben Ryan (R) attends a welcome party for Fiji's Olympic gold-medal-winning men's sevens rugby team(Image: Getty Images)

Fiji's rugby sevens coach Ben Ryan, a Brentford fan, has been given three acres of land and the chiefly name Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara for helping the Pacific nation to their first ever Olympic medal.

Ryan guided his team to sevens gold after beating Great Britain 43-7 at the Rio Olympics.

It follows being awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji, the highest honour the country has.

The former England coach, who led his country in sevens from 2007 to 2013, has had over 20 offers of work.

England-born coach Ben Ryan (R) arrives at a welcome party for Fiji's Olympic gold-medal-winning men's sevens rugby team on their return from Rio(Image: Getty Images)

He told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation: “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 15’s

"Look it's sometimes your embarrassed to say things but post Olympics I had over 20 offers from around (the world).”

Fiji's sevens success was celebrated at the national stadium in Suva on August 22 and was made a national holiday.

 

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