John named as Australia Sevens head coach

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 27 May 2014
 John named as Australia Sevens head coach
Australia will have a new coach for the Commonwealth Games, former Canada coach Geraint John

Geraint John has been announced as the new head coach of the Australian Sevens side, replacing Mick O'Connor. 

The 51-year-old joins Australia from Canada where he has been head coach of the Sevens side since 2010. 

John will commence his duties for Australia on 23 June, before taking charge of the side for the first time at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

He will then lead Australia into the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series, which kicks off on the Gold Coast in October and will act as the first tournament of the Olympic qualification period. 

"Australia Rugby is steeped in history and, in my opinion, the role of men's Sevens coach is one of the best team jobs in the sport," said John.

"While the prospect of coaching at the Olympics is an extremely appetising one, for me, the next tournament is always the most important.

"My first priority is to prepare and work with the players and get to know them at the centralised base and then in competition at the Commonwealth Games.

"However I am under no illusion that one of the key targets of the ARU is for the men's Sevens team to secure a gold medal in Rio. While you can never guarantee anything in sport, and especially the Olympics, I am delighted to be given the opportunity to give us the best possible change of bringing back gold in 2016."

John guided Canada to an overall sixth place in the Series last season, and also coached them a first-ever Cup final in his final season as Canada coach.