Could Tietjens have landed in Fijj ahead of the new season instead of Samoa?

Could Tietjens have landed in Fijj ahead of the new season instead of Samoa?

The World Series could have looked even more different this coming season if things had fallen a different way after reports that the Fiji Rugby Union was trying to get former New Zealand 7s coach Sir Gordon Tietjens to be the next coach of the Vodafone Fiji 7s team.

The World Series could have looked even more different this coming season if things had fallen a different way after reports that the Fiji Rugby Union was trying to get former New Zealand 7s coach Sir Gordon Tietjens to be the next coach of the Vodafone Fiji 7s team.

However Tietjens took up the Samoa 7s coaching job today as he was first interviewed by the Samoan Rugby Union.

Reliable sources have confirmed to Fijivillage who is reporting the Tietjens/Fiji discussions that Tietjens had applied for the Fiji coaching job as well.

We have received information that when Tietjens was contacted by the FRU, he indicted to the FRU that he was in Samoa and had agreed to be their coach.

Tietjens also apologized because he had confirmed to be interviewed.

The Fiji Rugby Union had announced earlier this week that it has commenced the process of selecting our new National Men’s 7s Head Coach and National Women’s 7s Head Coach.

It bodes an interesting thought on Tietjens replacing his great rival Ben Ryan in Fiji. We think that he has landed in the right spot. In Samoa he is in a lower pressure environment that is going to be very different from where he has been in the past and have time to assimilate to that alongside another World Series winning coach in Betham. Samoa play big boy rugby 7s that Tietjens has made his own with New Zealand over the past 10 years, big packs with big quicks and steppers in the middle. He will add his serious fitness element and Samoa will competitive from the outset in the latter end of cup tournaments if not perhaps across the World Series as a whole.

It would have been very different in Fiji and Ben Ryan has built something very special on the Islands that whoever replaces him has huge shoes to fill. Despite all Titch experience there is no margin for error in Fiji especially as a foreign coach and perhaps even more so a foreign coach that is not a red headed Englishman now. Tietjens has landed in the right spot and it's going to be fun watching Samoa work themselves back into the mix with him at the helm.

The FRU Board confirms that 13 applications were received for the men’s coach’s position while 17 applications were received for the women’s team’s position.

FRU says applications were received from both local and overseas applicants.

Tietjens was confirmed as the new Head coach for the Samoa 7s team earlier today.

He will formally take charge on January 1st next year with Betham leading the squad until that point.

Samoan Prime Minister and Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was involved in the discussions and made the announcement this morning.

Tietjens will be helped by assistant coach Stephen Betham with Ramsay Tomokino named as team manager.

He met with the Samoa Rugby Union board last night after inspecting facilities and tidying up the deal.

Stuff.co.nz reports that the Samoan Prime Minister says in entrusting their beloved sevens team to Sir Gordon they now have a coach who understands how important rugby is to the people of Samoa.

60‑year‑old Tietjens says he is delighted to join Samoa and try to make them a consistent force in the game.

He says Samoa Sevens has always represented their country with pride, passion and a great natural talent in rugby and he is massively motivated to help them achieve their goal to be a consistent top performer on the world stage.