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No more Commonwealth Games for Tietjens

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Update: 3:00PM Long-serving All Blacks Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens will not oversee another Commonwealth Games campaign.

Unless he changes his mind, 58-year-old Tietjens has ended a remarkable Games tenure, having steered New Zealand to four consecutive gold medals before winning silver on Sunday.

They suffered their first loss in 31 Games matches to go down to South Africa in the final.

"I don't think I'll be here in four years time, they'll be my last Games," Tietjens said.

Although he wouldn't confirm it, Tietjens is likely to finish a coaching role, which began in 1994, after the 2016 Olympics.

Sevens makes its debut at the Rio de Janeiro Games and Tietjens is contracted through until then.

He couldn't fault the commitment of his players in Glasgow and praised them for an exceptional year in which they won the World Cup and the world series for a 12th time in 15 attempts.

Tietjens wondered if his team didn't have enough playing time in the lead-up to the Games as they lacked fluency throughout the tournament.

He says his players didn't react well enough when the Blitzbokke gained momentum in the final.

"It's all about pressure. At certain times we cracked when perhaps we needed to be a bit more composed.

"But I'm proud of them, this is a great team and we've still had a great year."

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