Samoa sevens coach Tietjens stepping down due to COVID-19 uncertainty | Daily News


 

Samoa sevens coach Tietjens stepping down due to COVID-19 uncertainty

WELLINGTON, Tuesday - Samoa’s rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens says he will not seek to renew his contract when it expires in August due to the uncertainty hanging over the international circuit from the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Rugby suspended both the men’s and women’s global rugby sevens circuits in March as governments closed borders, imposed travel bans and restricted large gatherings to try to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until 2021 was also a factor in the decision, Tietjens said in a Samoa Rugby Union statement on Tuesday. “With so much uncertainty ... the best solution moving forward would be to step down and allow Samoa Rugby to plan for the future,” Tietjens, a long time All Blacks sevens coach, said in the statement.


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