Ben Ryan

Fiji Rugby and PM pay tribute to Ryan

The apparent snub came a month after Ryan had tangled with the Fiji Rugby Union over player payments.

However the FRU said Ryan had simply not been nominated by any local club affiliates.

At Saturday's event Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama paid tribute to Ryan and the Englishman was inducted into the Wall of Fame alongside Apakuki Tuitavua, Ratu Sir George Cakobau, Barry Sweetman and Pio Bosco Tikoisuva.

Ryan to share secrets

  Ryan will be joined by former Samoan captain and current Connacht head coach Pat Lam, who led the Irish province to its first major trophy with victory in the Guinness PRO12 earlier this year.

 Former England and British and Irish Lions international Nigel Redman, who coached the England U20 team before taking up a position as Head of Performance Team Development at British Swimming in 2014, completes the Future of coaching — creating a winning culture panel.

Hayne could still be included in Fiji's London Sevens squad

Ryan made this remarks after reports suggested he had been left out of the squad for this weekend’s London Sevens.

After quitting NFL franchise the San Francisco 49ers this week, the former NRL star announced his intention to qualify for the Olympics with the rugby sevens’ gold-medal favourites.

Reports stated that the crosscode star has missed out on the 12-man squad named by coach Ben Ryan. However Ryan, the former England coach, insisted that a decision has yet to be made.

15s desire for Fiji's coach Ben Ryan

Ryan found God-gifted athletes in Fiji and added the right components to create world champions and now was working towards his swansong to become Olympic champions.

Ryan confirmed that he was looking to move on, but promised not to coach another sevens team.

"Yes, this is true. I love living in Fiji. I really do," said Ryan.

"But after watching the World Cup, I really got my desire back to coach 15s again. I haven't had an offer to stay in Fiji and I think a new challenge is needed. I wouldn't go to another sevens team after Fiji — why would you!"