Uncertainty caused by covid-19 pandemic in which several international competition was suspended or postponed; expecially like HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and Tokyo 2020 Olympics; has influenced IRB Hall of Fame, Sir Gordon Tietjens to part way with Samoa Seven as head coach, it was announced on Tuesday.
The man most people regard as the ‘greatest of all the Seven Coaches’, will not renew his contract with Samoa Seven when his contract expires in August.
“With so much uncertainty, the best solution moving forward would be to step down and allow Samoa Rugby to plan for the future,” he said in a Samoa Rugby Union statement.
“With the cancellation of the Olympics and four tournaments more than likely to be cancelled from the 2019/20 series, the timing I felt was right to step down so they could look for a new head coach.”
Tietjens, 64, was inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame in 2012 and joined Samoa as head coach in 2016 following an incredible 22 years in the All Blacks Sevens hot-seat.