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Sevens Heaven


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Ben Ryan is one of the most successful rugby coaches in the history of the game, and the man who took Fiji to rugby sevens Olympic gold in Rio 2016. It was the island nation's first Olympic medal of any colour, and was recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the best male team performance at the 2016 Games. Ben, coach of England's sevens team from 2006 to 2013, also took Fiji to two Sevens World Series titles, and after the team's triumph in Brazil became Chief in the province of Serua as well as being awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji, the nation's highest order. He is now a consultant to various leading sports organisations and companies around the world.


'You'll struggle to read a more compelling rugby story than this . . . heartily recommended' -- Robert Kitson, Guardian rugby correspondent
'An excellent read covering a brilliant journey' -- Sir Clive Woodward
'One of the all-time great sporting tales . . . Good things happen to good people' -- George Gregan
'Sevens Heaven by Ben Ryan is such a special book' -- Emma John * Guardian, Best Sports Books of the Year *
'Brutally honest . . . A moving, candid tale of a coach taking the plunge with a rugby ball as his only buoyancy aid' -- Joe Short * Daily Express *
'An engrossing account of a remarkable story' -- Will Macpherson * Evening Standard *
'So many beautiful, provocative postcard descriptions of Fiji alongside fascinating, honest insights and humble lessons and truths' -- Nick Heath, commentator
Sevens Heaven, the story of how English coach Ben Ryan took the Fiji sevens side to Olympic gold, is the best rugby book I've ever read (I don't say that lightly) and as good as any sports book, from Mailer to Plimpton to Hauser, I've encountered in the almost sixty years since I got a Terry McLean '59 Lions tour book for Christmas. It's so good because it reads at times like a noir novel, and is stunningly open and honest. We know how the rugby ended, but Ryan's book is so gripping to tell you any other plot twists might spoil it for you' -- Phil Gifford
'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' -- Alan Pearey * Rugby World *
'Entertaining and insightful' * The Rugby Paper *

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