Gold Coast Sevens Pool A: NZL, RSA, USA, CAN

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 10 October 2012
 Gold Coast Sevens Pool A: NZL, RSA, USA, CAN
New Zealand line up as favourites this season having clinched a 10th World Series in 2011/12

We profile the four teams making up Pool A at the Gold Coast Sevens, round 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series, with key stats on the team's World Series record and a lowdown on the man in charge.


Played: 621
Won: 536 (86.31%)

Tournaments : 109
Debut : Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Sevens Score: 93 - 0 v BAHAMAS, Commonwealth Games 1998

Ranking last season: 1st


Coach: Gordon Tietjens
High standards, an impeccable work rate, an eye for talent and a passion for the game are the hallmarks which still set Gordon Tietjens apart from all those looking to emulate his feats in Rugby Sevens coaching. In his 18-year tenure as New Zealand Sevens coach, he has won 10 of the 13 World Series titles, a Rugby World Cup Sevens title and all four Commonwealth Games gold medals. 'Titch' sets his stall out with impeccable fitness standards. However, it is possible that Tietjens is a better scout than he is a coach: during those 18 years he has turned out 39 All Blacks, from the likes of Lomu and Cullen through to the modern day Liam Messam, Cory Jane, Victor Vito, Israel Dagg and Julian Savea. He continues to pluck youngsters from relative obscurity and sculpt them into winning Sevens exponents. In honour of his achievements he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame at the end of last season.


Played: 608
Won: 440 (72.37%)
Tournaments : 109
Debut : Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 84 - 0 v MALAYSIA, Tokyo 2000

Ranking last season: 5th


Coach: Paul Treu
Paul Treu is one of only three coaches to have won the World Series, having landed the title in the 2008/09 season. A former Springbok Sevens player and captain, Treu has revolutionized the way Sevens Rugby is thought of in his country, putting in place a full-time professional outfit based in Stellenbosch. Treu's focus is on the 2016 Olympic Games and he constantly strives to broaden the player base at his disposal. A shrewd tactician, he backs youth and scours the country for its finest talent. He also has ultimate responsibility for the SA Vipers, a development side which feeds into the senior national set-up. Under his guidance, SA have won titles in Dubai, South Africa, Singapore, USA, Australia, Paris, London and Edinburgh. Hong Kong is still highest on his shopping list.


Played: 378
Won: 139 (36.77%)
Tournaments : 72
Debut : Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 62 - 0 v THAILAND, Hong Kong 2010

Ranking last season: 11th


Coach: Alex Magleby
Took over from Al Caravelli as head coach of the USA Men’s Sevens team for the last four rounds of the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series, reaching two Bowl finals. Previously Magleby had been head coach of the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans – the elite university-level developmental programme in the USA – since 2009. Notably, he led the All-Americans to a 2-1 record over the New Zealand Universities in a three-match series last year. Magleby also coached the first-ever men’s Collegiate All-Americans Sevens team in 2011, a programme designed to help prepare athletes for the senior men’s team and the Olympics, and coached Dartmouth’s Sevens team to the College Rugby Championship Invitational last summer. As a player, Magleby was in the USA men’s Sevens team from 2000 to 2005 and captained the Eagles to the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens. He also won four caps in 15s.


Played: 515
Won: 222 (43.11%)
Tournaments : 95
Debut : Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 78 - 7 v MEXICO, LA 2006

Ranking last season: 13th


Coach: Geraint John
Welsh born John has been integral in Canada’s qualification as a core side on the HSBC Sevens World Series. Acting as Technical Director for the senior side at RWC 2011 John was also on hand to lead the Sevens side to a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games. With six years previous experience as an assistant coach with Cardiff Rugby and Cardiff Blues, he has been in the role since 2006 and his efforts were rewarded with the core team qualification in Hong Kong, as well as their place at next year’s RWC Sevens.

Gold Coast Sevens

Round 1
11-12 October 2014
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
City: Gold Coast
Capacity: 27,400

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
  • Fiji v Samoa
  • Fiji Gold Coast Sevens Cup winners
  • Jerry Tuwai - Gold Coast Sevens