Ryan: I didn’t storm out

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Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s head coach Ben Ryan cleared the air on re­ports made by over­seas me­dia that he had stormed off dur­ing the Jar­ryd Hayne con­fer­ence in Lon­don on Mon­day.

The re­port stated that the ‘Fiji coach ‘storms off’ from Hayne presser’ and in­di­cated that Ryan had his first real taste of the hys­te­ria which sur­rounds Aus­tralia’s most talked-about ath­lete. Hayne had ar­rived in Lon­don to be­gin his pur­suit of an Olympic spot with Ryan’s side. Ryan sent a tweet in his re­sponse to the me­dia re­ports.

“I would like to re­spond to a re­port in the Aus­tralian me­dia yes­ter­day quot­ing I “stormed off” at a me­dia in­ter­view,” in­di­cated Ryan. “I hap­pily an­swered their ques­tions and had no prob­lem at all with that. When a ho­tel staff mem­ber asked them to move back, mem­bers of the me­dia started ver­bally abus­ing him. He was only try­ing to do his job. I couldn’t ac­cept that.” The Voda­fone Fi­jian head coach stated that he had to take his stand and stopped the in­ter­view. “The stan­dard you walk past is the stan­dard you be­come. I couldn’t drop my val­ues so I stopped the in­ter­view. Sim­ple as that.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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