Why Ryan won’t back Fiji 7s bid

Get your priorities right, FRU told

OLYMPIC-winning coach Ben Ryan has expressed serious reservations on Fiji’s bid to host a leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, saying the Fiji Rugby Union has its priorities misplaced. Ryan, who was a guest at the Mana Whey Coral Coast Sevens last month, declined his support for the bid when FRU approached him in August 2017, while FRU hopes its bid will meet World Rugby requirements when it is submitted by the end of this month.

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, Ryan said he was not prepared to back the bid because it would have a negative effect on the success of the sevens team on the world stage itself.

He said it was a waste of money and he had serious doubts about the viability of a regular tournament being held in the country. “The overseas consultants asked for a budget of F$1m (US$499,000) just to put together the bid. That’s hugely excessive and a massive waste of money. What are they spending it all on?

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