Tess Nichol is an NZME. News Service reporter.

Rio Olympics 2016: Buzz Aldrin's text of support to Fiji revealed

In a rousing speech at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, Fiji's sevens coach tells a cheering crowd how Buzz Aldrin sent him a congratulatory text ahead of the Olympic final in Rio.

Fiji made history when they claimed their first ever Olympic medal with a comprehensive 43-7 thrashing of Great Britain in the final of the men's sevens tournament last week.

Speaking to the throng of supporters back home in Fiji, coach Ben Ryan told of how he received a message of support from second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

The American astronaut texted him before the game, saying how well Fiji had played in the tournament.

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon. Photo / NZME
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon. Photo / NZME

Ryan also told the cheering crowd how he knew from the get go his boys were going to take home the gold.

"I couldn't stop them smiling. And when I see them smiling I know they'll be relaxed and they'll be ruthless," he said.

"The boys were on the shoulders of every Fijian on this island."

Ryan recalled the pre-game mood of the team before the "biggest game in the history of rugby sevens" as being surprisingly relaxed compared to their British rivals.

"In our changing room our boys were dancing. Our boys were smiling and they were laughing."

- NZ Herald

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