Rugby Sevens coach Ben Ryan has taken to social media to clarify that he was in fact alive after a story broke claiming he had died.
Ryan, who lead Fiji to Olympic gold in the 2016 Rio games, was reported to have been run over by a Honda Civic in Toronto, later passing away in hospital. However, the 47-year-old isn’t even in the city let alone dead.
This is not the first time that Ryan has been subject to a fake news story regarding his apparent death as he was previously “killed in relation to a drug trafficking arrest”. Which wasn’t true either funnily enough.
Ryan took to Twitter to clarify everything and had a joke about the situation.
“Second time I’ve died via a fake news story. At least it isn’t the drug trafficking arrest the last one talked about. I’m nowhere Toronto though hear it’s a great spot, as long as you aren’t around the out of control Honda Civics,” he said.
This is the second time in a couple of weeks that a rugby star has apparently been killed by a Honda Civic in Toronto, as former Saracens star Jacques Burger was supposedly hit too.
Once again this wasn’t the case and Burger had a laugh at the latest victim of the Honda Civic.
“That Honda Civic is on a killing spree @benjaminryan,” he said.
Ryan is currently doing well with his book ‘Sevens Heaven’ being named both Sports Book of the Year and Heineken Rugby Book of the Year at the inaugural Telegraph Sports Book Awards.
While in the limelight for his book he is also on a mission to promote RugbyX, a new indoor version of rugby union with only five players per team.
Will Genia hints that his Super Rugby career is over.
The Rebels played their final conference game on Saturday against the Chiefs in Melbourne but came out the wrong side of a drubbing.
After the game, Wallabies and Rebels’ scrum-half Will Genia took to Instagram with a very poignant post.
Genia (31) uploaded a picture collage with a try-scoring picture of himself getting over the whitewash for the Queensland Reds and more recently, the Rebels.
His caption read, “What a ride Super Rugby”.
His contract with the Rebels expires this year and he has been tipped for another move overseas. Genia has had a stint in Europe previously with Stade Francais but it’s rumoured that a move to Japan is looking more likely.
Quade Cooper, his current half back partner with the Rebels and previously with the Reds and Wallabies commented on the post,
“Much love bro! Been unreal being back together ✊🏾❤️ love you bro”
Quade Cooper is another whose contract is up in the air. His deal with the Rebels also expires at the end of the Super Rugby campaign and he has also been widely linked with a move to Europe with Harlequins one of the favourites to land the mercurial playmakers signature.
All Black Legend Set for Big Screen Debut
One of rugby’s greatest ever players is to try his luck off the field and has been working on something special
Former All Black out-half Dan Carter has announced that he is releasing a movie about his life in August.
The 36-year-old, who is considered by many as the game’s greatest ever player, will release the film that gives fans a glimpse of his personal life as well as all things on the field too.
Carter made the announcement on social media and is to release a trailer and title in due course.
“Excited to share with you guys about a project I’ve been working on over the past 12 months. A film will be coming out which gives a deep insight into my personal life, my career and particularly my challenging road to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. It will be in cinemas in New Zealand on August 29 and I’ll be sure to share the details for my international friends soon! Official title and trailer to come,” he said.
The out-half is still playing for Japanese outfit Kobe Steelers in the Top League, having missed out on a chance to re-sign for former side Racing 92 earlier this year following a neck injury.
He is still currently recovering from that neck injury and is expected to return to the pitch next season.
The All Black legend has already started setting up for life away from rugby as he is joint-owner of investment company 910 Limited with former Crusaders player Ben Hurst. The company has already bough a 10% share in start-up business called Laundromap which will provide an on-demand cleaning delivery service.
He has also bought into a retirement village in Christchurch with other All Black captains Richie McCaw and Kieran Read.
Fans will be eagerly awaiting the movie just to get a snippet of what it’s like to be one of the greatest athletes on the planet.
Carter Posts Injury Update
Six weeks on from neck surgery and Dan Carter has provided an update on his recovery
Dan Carter has taken to social media to provide an injury update six weeks after having surgery on his neck problem that prevented his Racing 92 return.
The All Black legend who was poised to re-join Racing 92 in March failed a medical due to a “cervical spine problem” and underwent the necessary surgery to fix the issue.
He is hoping that following his recovery he will be able to return to play with the Kobelco Steelers in Japan after his reported NZ$49,000 per month French deal fell through.
The post on the three-time World Player of the Year’s Instagram showed him doing some simple ankle exercises but he admitted he is up for the challenge ahead.
“Haven’t been able to train for just over six weeks but today I started some very basic calf and ankle work. It’s going to be a long road to recovery but I’m up for it #rehablife,” he said.
When his medical for Racing 92 failed Carter was thankful as the 37-year-old would get to spend time with his family.
“I would have loved to have gone back to Racing and to have given Europe another crack but I wasn’t cleared to play, so it wasn’t to be. I wasn’t cleared to play, so it’s a blessing in disguise because I get to spend more time back here in New Zealand. I don’t have a lot of rugby in me but I’m still loving it and enjoying it, so I guess this long break has helped me to phase into life after rugby,” he said.
With 112 All Blacks caps to his name as well as a glittering club career fans had called on Carter to consider retirement after the surgery, but it looks as though he will be back on the pitch as soon as possible. As long as one of the games greatest-ever players remains in good health the rugby world will be happy whether he plays again or not.
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