NEW Fiji sevens head coach Ben Ryan has pledged his allegiance to Fiji.
The Englishman says he will trade England's rose emblem with Fiji's coconut tree. And his first task is to coach the shadow Fiji team at the Fiji Water Centennial International 7s tournament.
He told Times Sport that he will not only develop Fiji 7s on the field but also off it.
"I feel very fortunate I am able to come to Fiji and coach such a formidable sevens nation," he said.
"My job is to do all I can to help Fiji improve in lots of areas of the game, on and off the field and 100 per cent of my loyalty now is with Fiji."
Ryan was the coach for England for the past six years on the HSBC World Sevens Series. He led the side in 21 matches against Fiji — winning 11 and losing 10.
"I've been on the other side of the pitch coaching teams against Fiji and it's very obvious how much passion the players and the supporters have for Fiji.
"Of course, as with all of us, you are proud of where you come from and that will never leave you.
"I was born and raised in London as was my wife and my parents roots are in Wales, Manchester and Ireland. Family is important."
He said money was not the driving factor that motivated him to coach Fiji.
Ryan said he would work with the current squad that was selected for him.
He is expected to fly into the country soon.