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Sevens Heaven : Beautiful Chaos of Fiji's Olympic Dream - Ben Ryan

Sevens Heaven

Beautiful Chaos of Fiji's Olympic Dream

By: Ben Ryan

Paperback Published: 28th May 2019
ISBN: 9781474608275
Number Of Pages: 320

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The uplifting, feel-good autobiography of Ben Ryan, the coach of the Olympic gold-medal winning Fijian rugby team

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2018


It is late summer 2013. Ben Ryan, a red-haired, 40-something, spectacle-wearing Englishman, is given 20 minutes to decide whether he wants to coach Fiji's rugby sevens team, with the aim of taking them to the nation's first-ever Olympic medal. He has never been to Fiji. There has been no discussion of contracts or salary. But he knows that no one plays rugby like the men from these isolated Pacific islands, just as no one plays football like the kids from the Brazilian favelas, or no one runs as fast as the boys and girls from Jamaica's boondocks. He knows too that no other rugby nation has so little - no money and no resources, only basic equipment and a long, sad history of losing its most gifted players to richer, greedier nations.

Ryan says yes. And with that simple word he sets in motion an extraordinary journey that will encompass witch doctors and rugby-obsessed prime ministers, sun-smeared dawns and devastating cyclones, intense friendships and bitter rows, phone taps and wild nationwide parties. It will end in Rio with a performance that not only wins Olympic gold but reaches fresh heights for rugby union and makes Ben and his 12 players living legends back home.

About the Author

Ben Ryan is one of the most successful rugby coaches in the history of the game, and the man who took Fiji to rugby sevens Olympic gold in Rio 2016. It was the island nation's first Olympic medal of any colour, and was recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the best male team performance at the 2016 Games.

Ben, coach of England's sevens team from 2006 to 2013, also took Fiji to two Sevens World Series titles, and after the team's triumph in Brazil became Chief in the province of Serua as well as being awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji, the nation's highest order. He is now a consultant to various leading sports organisations and companies around the world.

Industry Reviews

You'll struggle to read a more compelling rugby story than this . . . heartily recommended

One of the all-time great sporting tales . . . Good things happen to good people

Brutally honest . . . A moving, candid tale of a coach taking the plunge with a rugby ball as his only buoyancy aid - Daily Express

Sevens Heaven by Ben Ryan is such a special book - Guardian, Best Sports Books of the Year

ISBN: 9781474608275
ISBN-10: 1474608272
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th May 2019
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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