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Rugby Coach Who Led Fiji To First Ever Olympic Medal Gifted 3 Acres of Land

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44-year-old Englishman, Ben Ryan who led Fiji’s Rugby team to Olympic glory in Rio and delivered the island nation’s first ever medal has been rewarded with three acres of land.

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In addition, he has been honoured with a traditional chief’s name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara.

Fiji’s gold medal, the first in the history of the small island nation, sent shockwaves around the country – catapulting Ryan to the level of national hero.

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Ryan has already received the Companion of the Order of Fiji – the highest honorary title that can be awarded under the Order – from Fijian president Jioji Konrote. He received his new land and titles in a special ceremony on Sunday with hundreds of Fiji supporters in attendance.


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