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Serua gives Ben Ryan 3 acres of land and chiefly name

As a token of appreciation, the people of Serua have blessed Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan with three acres of land. Ryan said that he would return and Serua would be a place that would be in his heart. RYAN: “I just would like to sum up this really by saying that on behalf of myself and […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 30, 2016 11:37 am

As a token of appreciation, the people of Serua have blessed Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan with three acres of land.

Ben Ryan receives the land title from Vunibau Chief Ratu Kini Vitukawalu. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)
Ben Ryan receives the land title from Vunibau Chief Ratu Kini Vitukawalu. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)

Ryan said that he would return and Serua would be a place that would be in his heart.

RYAN: “I just would like to sum up this really by saying that on behalf of myself and Natalie, I have love every part of Fiji but this part in particular, Serua. Serua will always be our vale. I will be back soon, it will always be a place in my heart and I would just like to say a big vinaka vakalevu.”

He said Serua has become his family.

RYAN: “The resource is the places and the resource is the people. So this small peice of land is what we have constantly spoke about when we were in the world series because this is where the work was done and this is where the minds was forged and this is where the players were selected.”

He said Serua was like a kitchen or as he said a ‘vale ni kuro’ to the Fiji 7s team, where they mixed up all the ingredients.

RYAN: “For us, the boys, Serua was like the vale ni kuro (kitchen) because this is where we mixed our ingridients. We mixed the strength of Semi kunatani, the foot work of Jerry Tuwai, the power of the bus (Josua Tuisova), the power of Sevuivarata and the genius of Osea Kolonisau.”

Ben Ryan surrounded by fans after the formalities today at the Uprising grounds. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)
Ben Ryan surrounded by fans after the formalities today at the Uprising grounds. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)

Ratu Kini Vitukawalu, one of the chiefs of Vunibau said the land now belongs to Ben Ryan and he can do anything he wants with the land now.

VITUKAVALU: “We met on Friday with the Vunivalu and informed him that we from Vunibau have agreed to give our land to Ratu Peni Rayani as part of the gift of the province. The land now belongs to him and his family and all his descendants and he can do anything he wants with the land now, it is his now and because he has claimed to be one of us…it is only fitting that he has land too to forever tie him to Serua.”

Ben Ryan was also given the name Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara.

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