Pretty Cool, says Ratu Peni Ra­iani La­tia­nara

Fiji Sun - - Sport - STELLA MORESIO stella.moresio@fi­

Out­go­ing na­tional 7s coach Ben Ryan be­lieves the Fiji Rugby Union will make the right de­ci­sion in choos­ing his re­place­ment. He made the com­ment at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel dur­ing the Team Fiji din­ner last night. “I think FRU has got some plans but I haven’t been in­volved with any of the con­ver­sa­tion that they have had,” Ryan said. “I’m sure they will make a good de­ci­sion.” Ryan was over­whelmed with the re­cep­tion ac­corded by the peo­ple of Serua at the Up­ris­ing Beach Re­sort yes­ter­day. “It was very cool, the whole day was awe­some,” Ryan said.

“I felt a bit over­whelmed by it all. I stayed in Serua the first day I came to Fiji. “We based the team at Up­ris­ing and they ac­co­mo­dated me for free as the Fiji Rugby Union couldn’t af­ford to look af­ter me.” Ryan was grate­ful for the three acres of land given to him as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the peo­ple of Serua along with his new name ‘Ratu Peni Ra­iani Laitia­nara’. “And now I’ve got a nice long name, it’s all pretty cool,” he said.

“As soon as we go and have a look at it, we will def­i­nitely build some­thing on it so we can have a home in Fiji and that will be cool. “Api­sai Do­mo­lailai said we can have a horse farm. And a few of the boys have asked to do dif­fer­ent things with it, but it’s just great be­cause I didn’t ex­pect it. I didn’t ex­pect the past three years to be as good as they have been.” Edited by Osea Bola

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