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O'Connor wants to stay on as Australian 7s coach

Rashneel Kumar In Hong Kong
Monday, March 31, 2014

OUTGOING Australian 7s coach Michael O'Connor wants to stay involved with sevens rugby in some capacity.

The former dual international resigned from the Australian Rugby Union earlier this month.

With the 7s team moving to Sydney on a full-time program in the lead-up to the Olympic Games in 2016, O'Connor said he would be able to cope with being away from his family.

However he said the team was in good shape to make the Rio Games and do well in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

O'Connor will leave the team at the end of the 2013/14 series.

"I feel good. They are really improving. For the last couple of years have been with them and these boys in particular, the average age is only 22 so they are going to get better," O'Connor said.

O'Connor said the team had a strong chance in the 2016 Olympic Games an was excited about the new full-time program launched by ARU in the build-up for the games.

"I think its (the chance) strong. We took a position couple of years ago, we had the youngest team in the IRB series we actually sort of had 2016 in mind. These players have improved drastically over the past few years and I think they will improve now a lot more.

"I would love to be involved in 7s rugby in some capacity."


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