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.
"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.