Ryan appointed Fiji Sevens coach

(IRB.COM) Friday 20 September 2013
 Ryan appointed Fiji Sevens coach
Ben Ryan has been appointed to coach Fiji Sevens up until the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016

Four weeks out from the first round of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia's Gold Coast, Ben Ryan has been named as the new Fiji Sevens head coach.

The appointment is for three years up until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Fiji finished third in the overall standings on the World Series last year, behind New Zealand and South Africa. They won two Cup titles, in Hong Kong and Australia, where they will be looking for a third successive win on 12-13 October.

Ryan will have a transitional period of one month in England and is expected to be in Fiji for the Fiji Water Centennial International Sevens, which doubles as the Oceania Sevens on 4-5 October.

He will take the team to the first round of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in the Gold Coast, after which he will return to England before moving to Fiji with his family ahead of the second round of the Series, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens on 29-30 November.

As part of his role as Fiji's national team head coach, Ryan will also develop local coaches and the game of Rugby Sevens throughout the country. 

Fiji win Gold Coast Sevens 2012

As the longest-serving England Sevens head coach, Ryan led the national team to five Cup titles on the World Series in Dubai (2), New Zealand (2) and London between 2007 and 2013. He also coached England to second place at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 and to the European Series title and took charge of the England side that won the Junior Commonwealth Games in 2011.

Alongside Ryan's appointment, three team managers were also named for the Fiji Sevens team. They are former Nadroga Manager Paula Biu, Koro Manager Ropate Kauvesi and Macuata Manager Isei Rayawa and the trio will work on a rotational basis.

The FRU Board took this new approach in order to encourage proven provincial team managers by giving them the opportunity of working with the National team.