13 Dec 2016

Sport: Fiji rugby quarrels with gold medal winning coach

7:39 am on 13 December 2016

The Fiji Rugby Union has hit out at the former coach who led their sevens side to consecutive series titles and last year's celebrated Olympic Gold medal.

In a written statement the union said it was disappointed at Ben Ryan's constant remarks about the Fiji Sevens team and his ongoing tweets about their performance.

CEO John O'connor said it seems difficult for Ryan to move on.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan

Ben Ryan led Fiji to two World Series titles and the Rio 2016 Gold Medal Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The statement goes on to say the FRU has appointed a new coach, who will lead the men's sevens team moving forward and everyone needs to give Gareth Baber a chance including Ben Ryan.

Baber, a former Wales player and Hong Kong coach, was appointed in October but won't officially take his position until the end of January.

The union said it is no longer Ben Ryan's team and he must understand this and must allow the new coach to deal with the issues in relation to his team.

A tweet posted this week by Ryan asking the union to please start paying the "amazing men" who make up the sevens team, appears to have triggered the statement.

After seeing the FRU statement Ryan again tweeted, calling it ridiculously childish.

Ryan said he's said positive things about everyone and one tweet that tells the truth hit a chord.

Fiji, the defending world series champions, have finished second and fifth in the first two tournaments of this season's series.

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