Ryan the man
It is a small wonder if the Englishman, Ben Ryan had been credited to give our ‘noble banner blue’ longevity; dignified by the famous victory against Great Britain in the final of the Olympics rugby sevens final in Rio. The many thousands who watched witnessed the Noble Banner Blue at every rugby sevens game with the patriotism and passion from the Fijian fans. Our people flew our nation’s colours with pride; the colour and the insignia of the flag are known the world over. Peni Raiyani has salvaged our long association with GB. Perhaps the most significant factor which may account for the flag to stay was the satisfactory finals of the rugby sevens at the Olympics. An elder commented: ‘If I die tomorrow; I will let every Fijian who has passed on [God bless their soul] know that the Fiji sevens team has won the gold medal and the current Fiji flag has stayed’.