BEN Ryan becomes the second expatriate after Wayne Pivac to coach the Fiji 7s team.
The former England 7s coach was yesterday announced the new Digicel Fiji 7s head coach for the next three years up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ryan replaces Alivereti Dere who coached the national side for the past two seasons.
Announcing the appointment, Fiji Rugby Union deputy chairman Daniel Whippy said Ryan was selected and recommended by the subcommittee carrying out the interviews and the assessment of all the applicants.
Ryan, who stepped down as coach of the English team last month after more than six years in the position, accepted the offer to guide Fiji into the future on Thursday night.
He led England at 56 HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments and won five titles at Wellington (2008, 2013), Dubai (2010, 2011) and London (2008).
"He has all the credentials to develop Fiji's 7s game and also assist in development of sevens rugby in this country," Whippy said.
"We expect him to take 7s to another level."
Whippy said: "He understands the talents that exist in this country and I guess he has another view of how he can develop that talent both at grassroots and the national level.
"It's too early to talk about how the game will be but generally, if you notice overseas teams, they play in a very structured way. They prefer to use set moves every time so with Fiji's flair and with a bit of better organisation in that area, we may have a better team.
"I think Ben should take Fiji 7s up to another level."
Ryan, who will confirm his arrival soon, is expected to be in the country for the FIJI Water Centennial International 7s tournament next month.
He will also take the national team to the first leg of the 2013/14 sevens series at the Gold Coast in Australia and will return to England and move back to Fiji with his family before the Dubai 7s.
During his stint with the FRU, Ryan will be required to develop local coaches and the game in the 7s code throughout the country.
Whippy said the selectors would assist Ryan in making the final team selection and the board would endorse the travelling team, as practised in the past.
"This is not the first expatriate coach we have as we had several others. I think there shouldn't be a communication problem. We Fijians speak English, they understand English and they understand rugby," Whippy said.
Also appointed yesterday were three team managers for the Fiji 7s team.
Former Nadroga manager Paula Biu, Koro manager Ropate Kauvesi and Macuata manager Isei Rayawa accepted the appointments and will work on a rotational basis.