BEN Ryan will get his first feel of Fijian rugby as coach over the next two weeks.
He hasn't had time on his side to get to know the players or have direct input into the selection but it will be great to see him get into the groove.
The former England mentor knows that things will be different with his new team, but he knows what the Fijians are capable of as players.
"I'm certainly not expecting the facility that I've had in England or the availability of being able to salary full-time players to the levels that England have enjoyed," Ryan said in an interview before arriving in the country.
"But what they have got in Fiji, which is something that perhaps the other nations haven't, is the depth of talent."
That's a reason why he wants to share his knowledge of the game and help spread the gospel.
"If we can organise the pathways for this talent identification and development and retain the best players that are currently playing on the islands then it's going to be a very powerful program going forward. That's the same for the coaches. I want to spend a lot of time with the young coaches in Fiji to help them, to improve them, to get them to the level where they can take over and run national programs."
Ryan said after several big clashes against Fiji as England coach, he was now happy to be on the other side of the fence.
"I've played against them 21 times, and beaten them 11 times and lost 10 times. So we've always had some absolutely titanic battles, really. And I think I probably felt the same as every other world series coach. When you play Fiji there's a time, sometimes, when they hit their straps when they really get themselves into the zone, that it's inevitable what's going to happen next and they run riot. It'll be nice to be on the other side of that now, and hopefully do my bit, do what I can so the team can get the consistency, so we see those sort of performances week in, week out."
The 42-year-old does not want to make too many changes to the Fijian style of play.
"The last thing I'm going to do is come in and make a lot of sweeping changes. I'm going to certainly just come in and have a good look at what's going on at the moment and keep the Fijian style of play and their culture at the heart of everything we do, really, and just add one or two things along the way slowly that I think it will make a real difference to them on the field in the technical things they do, and also to make sure that their playing programs and the database stuff is as good as it can be so we go to every tournament with a real chance of taking silverware."
Ryan's Fiji side will play in the Oceania competition at the Fiji Water Centennial International Sevens.