'His contribution to the growth of Sevens is impossible to overstate' - global rugby community praise 'Titch'

The global rugby community has responded to the stepping down of long-time All Blacks Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens with messages of praise and thanks.

After building a resume and reputation as one of the game's greats over 22 years, numerous members of the rugby community have thanked the successful coach for his contributions to Sevens.

Recent convert and injured All Black Sonny Bill Williams was the first player to thank Tietjens.

"Coach titch retired today! proud to say I was coached by him," he said in a tweet.

The All Blacks Sevens coach says it’s time for someone else to “have a fair crack” at taking the team to the 2020 Olympics. Source: 1 NEWS

"Titch" was also shown respect by fellow colleagues, with USA Eagles coach Mike Friday thanking him for all the years of "locking horns".

Chief Executive of World Rugby, Brett Gosper, said his commitment to the game was second to none.

"His contribution to the success and growth of Sevens rugby is impossible to overstate," he said.

Sir Gordon won twelve World Rugby Sevens Series titles, four Commonwealth Games gold medals and two Rugby World Cup Sevens titles in his time as the All Blacks Sevens coach.

The legendary rugby sevens coach has decided not to seek a new contract after the failed Olympic campaign. Source: 1 NEWS



'We'll see what comes through' - Steve Tew not ruling out a foreigner coaching All Blacks Sevens

The boss of NZ Rugby says the now-vacant job is an “attractive opportunity” for any potential rugby sevens coach. Source: 1 NEWS

The legendary rugby sevens coach has decided not to seek a new contract after the failed Olympic campaign. Source: 1 NEWS

The All Blacks Sevens coach says it’s time for someone else to “have a fair crack” at taking the team to the 2020 Olympics. Source: 1 NEWS


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'It's been a wonderful ride' - Sir Gordon Tietjens resigns after 22 years as All Blacks Sevens coach

Sir Gordon Tietjens has stepped down after coaching the All Blacks Sevens for 22 years. 

Sir Gordon was reluctant to talk about his future in the aftermath of his side's 12-7 quarter-final defeat to Fiji at the Olympics, but today he announced that it was his last tournament with the team. 

The All Blacks Sevens coach says it’s time for someone else to “have a fair crack” at taking the team to the 2020 Olympics. Source: 1 NEWS

"I love the sevens game and I'm immensely proud of what I've achieved and what all our players have been able to achieve in my time with the team," he said.

"We were all incredibly disappointed with our results in Rio, but we have to acknowledge just how far sevens rugby has come.

"It's become intensely competitive and the Olympics proved just how tough it is to win at this level these days.

"I'm sure lessons will be learnt and I wish my successor all the best for the Sevens Series ahead and for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

"I've loved my time in sevens and I aim to still be involved in some capacity. I'm now working through what those next steps are."


Since taking on the New Zealand coaching role in 1994, Sir Gordon has won four Commonwealth Games titles, two IRB Sevens World Championship titles (2001 in Argentina and 2013 in Russia) and 12 of the 17 World Series crowns.

The veteran coach has also nurtured more than 40 future All Blacks including Christian Cullen, Eric Rush, Jonah Lomu, Julian Savea, Liam Messam, Mils Muliaina, Rodney So'oialo and Victor Vito. 

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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.

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

"The number of former sevens players who've gone on to become All Blacks speaks for itself and demonstrates the incredible impact that Titch has had on our game," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

"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."

"New Zealand Rugby and our country owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he's left behind and all the memories and careers he's shaped along the way."

The legendary rugby sevens coach has decided not to seek a new contract after the failed Olympic campaign. Source: 1 NEWS


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