Ryan has been unveiled as the coach for the Northern Hemisphere side who will take on a Southern Hemisphere outfit on December 3 at Twickenham, with the proceeds from the game going to Help for Heroes.
With a number of retired internationals â€“ such as World Cup winner Josh Lewsey and Scotland wing Kenny Logan â€“ signed up to take to the field Ryan could easily have stepped into the action at Rugby HQ.
However the 45-year-old, who himself served in the Corps of Royal Engineers, insists he is more than happy calling the shots from the sidelines.
â€œI was asked to come along and help out with the coaching and it was a chance that I jumped at to be honest,â€ said Ryan.
â€œItâ€™s a fantastic opportunity to support the charity and I think everybody in rugby is delighted that there is an avenue that they can do that either by being involved themselves or coming along and supporting.
â€œI had a fleeting appearance at Lawrence Dallaglioâ€™s testimonial but that is as close as I have got to the field since I retired.
â€œEverybody keeps saying you must miss the game and miss playing and I think I do, but I donâ€™t miss how much it hurts.â€
Heroes Rugby Challenge, Saturday 3 December 2011 at Twickenham Stadium, kicks off at 1630. Ticket prices start at Â£30 for adults and are available through Ticketmaster or by calling 0844 847 2492
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