Tietjens sets his sights on Olympic Sevens

New Zealand Sevens maestro Gordon Tietjens believes rugby could get an influx of athletic talent if the code crosses the final hurdle in its Olympic ambitions.

Sevens Rugby took a major step towards becoming an Olympic sport in 2016 after being shortlisted by the IOC last week, with a final vote on its inclusion to be held in October.

Tietjens, who has coached the national side since 1994, has seen what inclusion in the Commonwealth Games has done for his sport and thinks it’s about to go to another level.

“A player like Doug Howlett always dreamed of going to the Commonwealth Games as a sprinter but then switched his focus to rugby and thought he’d given up that dream,” Tietjens explained to RugbyEnews.

“It meant a huge deal when he was selected to go to Melbourne, although unfortunately he got injured and couldn’t play.”

“That’s what’s out there for our top sportsmen now.”

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