Exclusive: Kiwi Sevens legend Sir Gordon Tietjens reveals he'll retire after Tokyo Olympics – 'That would be my swansong'

Sir Gordon Tietjens has confirmed he's in the last stages of his sevens coaching career.

The legendary Kiwi coach will guide Samoa in what will be his last World Cup in charge of a side and admits he isn’t looking much further.

Sir Gordon told 1 NEWS he will definitely end his association with the sport after the 2020 Olympics.

"That would be my last swansong, that's for sure," he said.

"But it's a great game, it's been good to me over the years."

Sir Gordon joined the Pacific side after the greatest sevens tenure in history with New Zealand where he guided them to 12 World Series titles and four Commonwealth Games gold medals.

While results on the field with Samoa haven't been the same Sir Gordon has still managed significant strides, including getting players contracted.

"Contracting the players has been a real positive in the sense that we retain the players, we just won't lose them overnight, which has happened in the past," he said.

One of those players, Neria Fomai, says he’s benefited from working with Kiwi coach.

"It's been good, especially for us islander boys, we sort of take shortcuts at times, but he makes sure none of us do that at training."

Sir Gordon’s squad got one last intense training in in California today before their World Cup campaign kicks off in San Francisco tomorrow.

They begin with a knockout game at 9:30am NZT against Uganda in the round of 32.

Tietjen’s said the game has been good to him, but he knows it’s time to let go. Source: 1 NEWS


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Stunning timelapse shows MLB stadium undergoing massive transformation to host Sevens World Cup

Ground crew at an American baseball stadium have pulled off an impressive transformation in less than a week to get the ground ready to host this weekend's Sevens World Cup.

AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants, required the removal of 200 tonnes of dirt and the re-laying of 28,000 square feet of grass as well as adjustments to certain areas of the park to host the tournament.

AT&T Stadium is the famous home of the San Francisco Giants - but it’s about to see big hits of another kind. Source: 1 NEWS

Head groundsman Greg Elliot told 1 NEWS earlier this week his team were pumped for the challenge.

"First reaction was, 'will the field fit?' and then it was, 'alright, we can do this!'"

The re-transfiguration started straight after the Giants' game on Sunday with the infield diamond being dug up.

In its 18-year existence, the 42,000 capacity stadium has hosted football and college sport but not rugby.


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Super Rugby quarter-finals picks: Can the Chiefs back up last week's win with another big game against the Hurricanes?

We're down to eight teams so things must be heating up. Who have the TVNZ rugby oracles picked for this week's Super Rugby quarter-finals? Check out below.

How it works: TVNZ sports buffs will chip in their picks for matches each round with some adding a little insight into their thinking. A correct result will give them two points and a correct margin a bonus point.

QUARTER-FINALS

Hurricanes v Chiefs
Crusaders v Sharks
Waratahs v Highlanders
Lions v Jaguares

Matt Hall-Smith - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+ - “It's coming home! Well it will soon anyway. Congrats on the Sharks for coming to town and turning up to the game, but there’s no-way they can trip up the defending champions at home on a cold Saturday night”
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 13+
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 13+

Guy Heveldt - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12 - "I just cannot pick the 'Canes with any confidence at the moment."
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 1-12

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12 - "Another backline shuffle this late in the season? This is when you're supposed to fire things up, not change things up!"
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+
Waratahs v Highlanders: Waratahs 1-12 - "I know they only had 14 last time but this Waratahs outfit is designed to nullify the Highlanders' aerial attack. On the road, I'm not sure if they have a solution."
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 1-12

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+
Waratahs v Highlanders: Waratahs 1-12
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 1-12

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Reporter

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Jaguares: Jaguares 1-12

Michelle Prendiville - 1 NEWS Sport Producer

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 13+

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS NOW Homepage Editor

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 1-12
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 1-12

Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Sport Presenter

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12 - "Toughest game to pick! Hurricanes surely click at home in such a big game."
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+ - "Yes, Sharks have done well against Kiwi teams but this is the Crusaders in Christchurch!"
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12 - "Away from home against a resurgent 'Tahs, but Highlanders have the firepower to get the job done."
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 1-12 - "Jags have had a breakthrough campaign but Lions playoff experience should shine through."

Stephen Stuart - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12 - "Reinforced from last week, they'll win again."
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+ - "Will wear down the Sharks and then pull away."
Waratahs v Highlanders - Highlanders 1-12 - "Got the troops back and should atone for the Sydney shocker earlier in the year."
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 1-12 - "I'd love to see the Jags win but the Lions have plenty of playoff experience."

Tamati Rimene-Sproat - Seven Sharp reporter

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+ - "GO LONG CANES!"
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 1-12

Victor Waters - Breakfast Sport Producer - LEADER

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 13+
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 1-12

Abby Wilson - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12
Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders 1-12
Waratahs v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Jaguares: Lions 13+

Scoreboard: Waters 122, Saville 116, Heveldt 114, Malili 113, Knuckey 107, Stuart 103, Wilson 101, Rimene-Sproat 101, Reich 98, Hall-Smith 94, Prendiville 92, McKenzie 92

The 1 NEWS Sport team break down this week's Super Rugby quarter-finals. Source: 1 NEWS


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