‘NOT ALL ABOUT COACHING! ABOUT MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
There are ongoing speculations on who will replace Ben Ryan as the next Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach. Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said although they had wanted Ryan to stay on but they had to respect his wishes as well. After the gold medal win at the Rio Olympic Games, Ryan had indicated his intention to take a three to six months break from rugby and to explore options for his future undertaking. He wants to take on a new challenge and this time to coach 15s either in Super or Premiership Rugby. With a few offers on his table Ryan is taking time out to decide his next move. However, FRU has still got the door open on him and will be happy to accept his application if Ryan wishes to re-apply. The Englishman in return, O’Connor says, has readily accepted to assist the FRU board of directors and the Fiji National Sports Commission in finalising his replacement.
Not only that, Ryan is also willing to assist the newly appointed coach in putting together his team for the first leg of the 2016/17 HSBC World Sevens Series in December. The position of the Fijian 7s Head Coach has been advertised for over a week now. By now those who had been eyeing the job, must be working on their application as it has to be handed-in before September 30.
Surely, we appreciate their interest but they must ask themselves on whether they have what it takes to take our Fijian 7s team, a level higher from where Ryan had left off. To answer this they must be honest with themselves and if they are not sure it’s best for them to leave it at that and do something else.
This job is not about travelling around the globe, being getting paid, be the centre of media attention or a household name.
It’s about having the right attitude, be able to perform, a hard worker, being discipline, the need to stay ahead of others at all times, a strong leader, strategically planning the way forward, understanding the players and getting the best out of them and the list goes on and on. Ryan had most of these qualities and that was why we were able to win the HSBC World Sevens Series twice in a row before we stormed the Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to claim the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.
I thank our Ministers and Assistant Ministers for their service over the past two years and look forward to working closely with them in their reassigned portfolios for the remainder of the Government’s term as we serve the Fijian people and take our nation forward
Voreqe Bainimarama Prime Minister of Fiji