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All Blacks Head Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens has stepped down as the head coach of the New Zealand rugby sevens team.
Gordon Tietjens who has been at the helm of the All blacks sevens team for 22 years, guided the All Blacks Sevens team through more than 100 international tournaments, a remarkable achievement that may never be equaled.
Sir Gordon Tietjens Rugby Profile
Sir Gordon Tietjens has coached the All Blacks Sevens at more than 100 international sevens tournaments since taking over the team in 1994.
In 2012 he received the rare honor of being inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame, unusual for a still serving coach and the first sevens coach to receive such an honor.
He was also knighted in 2013 for services to sport.
During Sir Gordon term, the New Zealand Sevens have won:
- Four Commonwealth Games gold medals (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) and one silver medal (2014)
- 12 HSBC Sevens Series titles.
- Two Rugby World Cup Sevens titles (2001 and 2013)
The process to recruit a new coach of the All Blacks Sevens team has started with Sir Gordon’s successor expected to take the team into the new season which kicks off later this year in Dubai.