Epeli Rabua, Suva
Ben ‘the Lion’ Ryan and his Olympic Champion Fiji 7s team have attained legendary status in Rio, the world and in Fiji. Going forth, they can be mentioned in the same whispered breath with the world’s and Fiji’s first living 7s legend – the mercurial, Waisale Serevi! We have known long before Rio that Fijians were the greatest exponents of rugby’s shortened version, the 7s. And have made the game as beautiful as our 2016 Olympic hosts play their soccer. The flamboyancy, the uncanny silky skills imbued at birth, the upholding of our steadfast Christian faith, the rock-hard defensive tackles - and all this, done with a huge Fijian smile knowing, that we not only enjoy this game but love every minute of it! This Fijian 7s Olympic gold medal team with their coach, Ben Ryan, have now earned their right, to not only stand beside but play alongside the world’s greatest 7s player, Waisale Serevi and showpiece their 7s rugby with the gods. Fiji, the rugby and Olympic worlds are indebted to His ‘Small’ Highness – Waisale Serevi. He was the legendary 7s wizard who first cast his magic on the 7s pitch the world over and so enthralled the masses, that the Olympic Committee had to have him endorse rugby, the 7s version of it, back into the Olympics after 64 years! As we bask in history and the glorious golden victory of our new 7s legends, we thank and ask our Good Lord to bless all of them including Waisale Serevi, their families and Fiji.