August 26, 2016 6:22 pm

Ryan gets 20 job offers, even from New Zealand

Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan said he will weigh the recent job offers after he coached Team Fiji’s 7s team to winning Gold at the Rio Olympic Games. Ben Ryan has been receiving almost twenty offers from Japan Rugby and others from Super Rugby teams in Australia, Japan, and even from the New Zealand Rugby Union. […]

Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan said he will weigh the recent job offers after he coached Team Fiji’s 7s team to winning Gold at the Rio Olympic Games.

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Ben Ryan has been receiving almost twenty offers from Japan Rugby and others from Super Rugby teams in Australia, Japan, and even from the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Ryan told Newswire that he has been receiving potential offers but will not make any decision soon.

RYAN: “There are some generous offers that I need to have a check and I’ve got some key people back at home that I’m getting advice from and there is one particular short term work that I am looking into and I am keen in doing.”

He said there is a part of him that wants to return to Fiji.

RYAN: “As a coach in the professional game, you have to sometimes to go out off your comfort zone. You need to know when to go and also I’m learning new things and some other challenges and I have a feeling that I will come back, but it won’t be soon.”

He added that the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama talked to him about providing him and his wife Natalie Ryan a Fijian passport.

RYAN: “The Prime Minister has talked me about it and he said for me to send him some kind of confirmation to let him know that I want it and to for them to activate it and yeah if I can get that before I leave that will be awesome.”

Ryan said that having a Fijian passport would make easier for him and his wife.

RYAN: “I always wanted to come back and If I do come back that will make my work so much simpler for my permit and my visa. Both for me and my wife. So, you know there are many reasons why it will be great to have one.”

Ryan’s contract with the Fiji Rugby Union ends on September 3 and he has resisted all efforts to keep him in the job he has held since 2013.