Paul Treu departs as Springbok Sevens coach

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 14 August 2013
 Paul Treu departs as Springbok Sevens coach
Paul Treu won 14 IRB Sevens Cup titles with South Africa and clinched the World Series title in 2008/09

The South African Rugby Union has thanked Paul Treu for his services to Springbok Sevens rugby and paid tribute to the contribution he made to developing the seven-a-side game in this country.

Treu is the latest high profile coach to step down from his position with a team on the HSBC Sevens World Series, following the departures of Faamoni Lalomilo (Samoa), Ben Ryan (England), Mike Friday (Kenya) and Alex Magleby (USA).

SARU President Oregan Hoskins confirmed that, after long discussions with both Treu, players and other Sevens stakeholders, a mutual decision had been reached to seek a new head coach for the Springbok Sevens team. Mr Hoskins and Jurie Roux, SARU CEO, met Treu on Tuesday to amicably conclude their discussions.

“Paul’s contribution to Sevens rugby in this country over the past decade has been outstanding,” said Mr Hoskins. “He has built the team and the brand of Sevens rugby through his passion and expertise and has made our Springbok team a regular contender for tournament and Series honours. He has established our Sevens programme and made an enormous contribution to the game.

“However, there comes a point where there is a need for renewal, and in discussions with Paul and other stakeholders, there was a general sentiment that we had reached that point. Paul has other options, and we also had other roles in mind for him, but it was clear that a natural time had come for all parties to seek a new direction.

"Understandable desire to go to the Olympic Games in 2016"

“We did discuss other alternatives to retain Paul at SARU but he has an understandable desire to go to the Olympic Games in 2016. We hope to see him working in South African rugby again in due course.”
Treu said: “I have had a wonderful time at SARU and would like to thank the organisation for the opportunity they have given me. We have had some wonderful highs in the past 10 seasons and I hope I have added value to South African rugby.

“This was a decision I had thought long and hard about for some time and those close to me will know that it was something that I had agonised over. But I believed the time was right to move on – both for me and the team – and I wish them all success in the future.”

Treu was appointed as Sevens coach in 2004 after representing the team from 1999 to 2002 at sweeper and later as captain.

As coach he led the team to the IRB Sevens World Series title in 2008/09 and won 14 tournaments in all. He coached the team to three Rugby World Cup Sevens and led it to bronze at the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010.

The Sevens programme will continue to be managed by SARU Sevens Manager Sebastian Prim, with playing affairs being handled in the interim by Neil Powell and Vuyo Zangqa, who recently led the team to the World Games gold medal in Colombia.

Video: Treu's last Cup title as SA Sevens coach - Glasgow 2013