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Tietjen’s Last World Cup

Tietjen’s Last World Cup
Sir Gordon Tietjens
July 23
12:06 2018

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan could be the last assignment for legendary sevens rugby coach Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Tietjens who is guiding Samoa said this is his last world cup and is looking no further after the Tokyo Olympics.

Tietjens told 1 news that he will definitely end his association with the sport after 2020.

“That would be my last swansong, that for sure,” he said.

“But it’s a great game, it’s been good to me over the years.”

Tietjens joined Samoa 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, he 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 the Kiwi coach.

“it’s been good, especially for us island boys, we sort of take shortcuts at times, but he makes sure none of us do that at training.”

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