Ti­et­jens re­tires af­ter 22 years as coach of New Zealand 7s

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Gor­don Ti­et­jens is re­tir­ing as New Zealand’s rugby sevens coach af­ter 22 years dur­ing which he played a ma­jor role in the de­vel­op­ment of a sport that made its Olympics de­but this year. The 60-year-old Ti­et­jens said it was time for some­one with new ideas to take charge of the Kiwi team. His re­tire­ment fol­lows New Zealand’s un­suc­cess­ful cam­paign at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. De­spite the re­sults in Rio, Ti­et­jens still sees the Olympics as the high point of his coach­ing reign. “That was the pin­na­cle of my ca­reer,” he said. “I was cer­tainly go­ing to con­sider re­tir­ing af­ter then. I had prob­a­bly done my time and it was time for some­one else to come through. It has been a great, great jour­ney ob­vi­ously with a lot of suc­cess along the way.”

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