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Photosport, via Stuff

Photosport, via Stuff


Sir Gordon Tietjens has hit out at a “lack of support” during the final stages of his New Zealand sevens coaching career.

Tietjens has signed on to coach the Samoan team after stepping down from his New Zealand role after a disappointing fifth place finish at the Rio Olympic Games.

The Bay of Plenty stalwart was at the New Zealand sevens helm for 22 years, guiding them to four Commonwealth Games gold medals, two Rugby World Cup Sevens titles and 12 World Rugby Sevens Series crowns.

Tietjens was in Apia this week to negotiate his Samoan contract, which starts in January.

He reflected on his New Zealand tenure, telling TVNZ: “To be fair the last 18 months coaching New Zealand, I was a little disappointed at the lack of support for our sevens programme”.

To be fair, he was shafted. ?The NZRFU put pressure on players suggesting that if they played for Sevens, they would not be considered for the All Blacks. ? Because of that, many that had already shown an interest suddenly backed out.

In the end, the New Zealand Sevens are not seen as part of the All Black brand, even though it has been the incubator of some of the most prolific try scorers.


– Stuff