NEW Digicel Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is ready to overcome challenges such as language and cultural barriers to bring about consistency in the national team's performance.
Ryan, 42, arrived in the country yesterday with his wife Natalie and will have his first look at national players this afternoon during the naming of the team for the Gold Coast 7s.
As one of his first tasks, the former England coach wants a transparent selection process to get the best players from around the country to don the white jumper.
Ryan expects criticism during his three-year tenure but hopes to take it in his stride.
He said patience would be the key to getting everything right.
Ryan said his aim was not to change things dramatically.
"It will take a few weeks and months, but it is not that we are starting from scratch," Ryan said.
"There are some excellent players who will do their best to start the season well. I'm ready for all the bumps on the road and it will not be all sunshine and rainbows I'm sure.
"It takes time to get everything across. The last thing I want to do is to change things dramatically. It will be small steps to start with. The team that goes to the Gold Coast really I would have very little or no impact on the training session.
"It won't be until Dubai and further, hopefully, when I will have more impact. I have coached many wonderful Fijian guys over the years. Now I get to coach the Fiji team and I'm very excited.
"There are a lot of challenges. I'm an English coach coming all around the world to Fiji. One of the things I'm well known for in the United Kingdom is my good communication skills with the players.
"That is a challenge in Fiji because there is a language barrier. I come from a different culture. That is the first challenge I guess and also selection of the team. We need to have a transparent process to get the best players on the island to play for Fiji around the world. The one thing that has driven me is the quality of the players and the passion for 7s in the country."
Ryan took over as England 7s coach in 2006 after the resignation of Mike Friday. He was in charge for 49 tournaments comprising about 250 games and is the longest serving England 7s coach.
Ryan was also in charge of the team during the 2009 Rugby World Cup 7s and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
He also boasts a colourful playing career. Ryan represented the England Under-18, U19 and U21 teams.
He played club rugby with Nottingham and West Hartlepool.
Ryan is a graduate of the Loughborough University and holds a bachelor in sports science degree.