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Teitjens re-signs as New Zealand sevens coach

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Associated Press
4/3/2012 11:23:06 PM
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Gordon Tietjens, who has coached the New Zealand sevens rugby team since 1994, will take the team to the 2016 Olympic Games after extending his contract by four years.

The 57-year-old Tietjens has coached New Zealand to nine IRB World Sevens titles and to four Commonwealth Games gold medals as its only coach in the professional era.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said the re-signing was made with a focus on 2016 when sevens will be in the Olympics.

Tew said "one of the key components of our Olympic campaign is to have the very best coaches on board. We now have that in Gordon, who is without a doubt the world's best sevens coach."

Gordon Tietjens (Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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