Ben Ryan: Fiji's rugby sevens hero

Updated 1503 GMT (2303 HKT) January 29, 2018
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Ben Ryan spent a golden three years with Fiji's sevens team. PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images/file
Ryan moved to the Pacific Islands with his interest in the game at its lowest ebb after being disillusioned by his job with the English RFU. Chris McGrath/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Fiji won two successive men's Sevens World Series titles, and backed that up to take Olympic gold at Rio 2016. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Ryan built up an amazing rapport with his team, but opted to walk away from the role after the Olympics when his contract expired. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
However, Ryan -- pictured with Ro Dakuwaqa in Rio -- remains closely linked with the Fiji players and is working to ensure they get a fair pay deal for playing on the global stage. David Rogers/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
The Englishman (pictured celebrating after the Olympic final) closely follows the team's fortunes after parting ways. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
Fiji enjoyed strong support in Brazil during the Olympics. David Rogers/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
But that was dwarfed by the celebrations that greeted both Ryan and his players on their return to Fiji after August's Games. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
In the ensuing months, Ryan attended a number ceremonies for him and his players. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the public would line up at his home in Fiji to give him gifts and thank him for what he had achieved. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images