the new book on Fiji Sevens

Your chance to win the fantastic new book on Fiji Sevens by gold medal-winning coach Ben Ryan

Win the fantastic new book on Fiji Sevens by Ben Ryan


We always knew a book by Ben Ryan wouldn’t be dull, but Sevens Heaven surpasses all expectations. The Londoner’s “three years of enlightenment” in the South Pacific makes such enthralling reading that I unhesitatingly call this one of the best rugby books ever written. So a doff of the cap to the BBC’s Tom Fordyce for turning Ryan’s memorable story into a suitably sensational book. The initial consignment to Fiji sold out in less than a day.

Win the fantastic new book on Fiji Sevens by Ben Ryan

Ryan’s tenure as England Sevens coach fizzled out with a sixth-place finish in the 2012-13 Sevens World Series. Rejecting the chance of job security with UK Sport, he successfully applies to coach Fiji Sevens – and so hurls himself headlong into a maelstrom of problems.

Foremost among these is a lack of money, Ryan going six months without pay, but on the field he’s shocked by the deficiencies in fitness, discipline and rank bad decision-making that is stalling the nation’s progress.

Ryan’s learning curve as he adjusts to the ways and customs of Fijian life is as steep as they come. When one of the new stars, Kalepi Namoua, suffers a broken leg at the Oceania Sevens, he’s taken to see a witchdoctor who wraps leaves round the shattered leg. Later, when Pio Tuwai’s wife has breast cancer, the family entrust her recovery to a healer’s massages – with an inevitable tragic outcome.

“There is no thought of risk in Fijian rugby. Make the crazy offload, gamble on the supporting run. That lack of fear could be a wonderful weapon” BEN RYAN

The individual stories of the players – from the once-ostracised preacher’s son Osea Kolinisau to the poverty-stricken Jerry Tuwai to the epileptic Vatemo Ravouvou – are fascinating and could easily make whole chapters on their own.

Yet Ryan’s own story is no less compelling and the heart of Sevens Heaven is how he turns a hugely talented but poorly prepared talent pool into back-to-back series champions and Olympic gold medallists.

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