Gordon Tietjens steps down as New Zealand sevens coach

In 1994, when Tietjens took charge of the team for the first time, he was it.

The process to recruit a new coach of the All Blacks Sevens team will get underway immediately with Sir Gordon's successor expected to take the team into the new season which kicks off in Dubai on December 2.

Through his more than two decades in charge, he was renowned as the toughest trainer in the game, giving his players an athleticism that dominated the sevens circuit for years. Head coach, conditioning coach, nutritionist, analyst, the lot.

The hard work paid off for Tietjens, resulting in 12 Sevens World Series titles, four Commonwealth gold medals and two Sevens World Cup crowns.

Sir Gordon Tietjens has coached the All Blacks Sevens at more than 100 global sevens tournaments since taking over the side in 1994.

"Titch has guided the All Blacks Sevens team through more than 100 worldwide tournaments, a remarkable achievement that may never be equalled". We won it in our last tournament, Fiji lost a quarterfinal to Argentina, I'll never forget it. "It's been a real dream".

So as one of World Rugby's great coaches' career comes to an end, it is doubted that anyone else will be able to replicate the on or off field success that Sir Gordon Tietjens has accumulated over 22 unbelievable years.

The future of the All Blacks Sevens programme will become clear this morning.

From the likes of Eric Rush and Christian Cullen to Ben Smith and Julian Savea, now even young Rieko Ioane, Sir Gordon Tietjens has had a hand in the careers of almost 50 All Blacks.

"To put the length of his career into context, when he first began in this role rugby was an amateur game, Jim Bolger was Prime Minister and several members of the current All Blacks Sevens team hadn't even been born".

Lomu went on to star for the All Blacks in the 1995 and 1999 World Cups, but would be called upon time and again by Tietjens for Sevens duty, propelling New Zealand to Commonwealth Games gold in 1998 and the sevens World Cup in 2001 in Argentina.

Former sevens player Karl Te Nana said Tietjens still has plenty to offer if he wants to stay involved.

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