Sir Gordon Tietjens to take charge of Samoa 7s this morning

Sir Gordon Tietjens to take charge of Samoa 7s. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

BY STAFF REPORTERS

APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER 2016: After his appointment was announced on the overseas media, the former New Zealand Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens will officially be confirmed as the new man in charge of Samoa Sevens by the Samoa Rugby Unions Chairman at his office at 10.00 this morning.

Tietjens has been in Apia this week following interviews for the position that had former coach Stephen Betham and Assistant sevens coach Muliagatele Brian Lima as applicants.

Tietjens will take over from Englishman Damian McGrath who has been appointed sevens coach for Canada.

Damian McGrath was sacked as Samoa sevens coach and will take charge of Canada in 2016/17. Photo: Facebook / Manu Samoa

Damian McGrath was sacked as Samoa sevens coach and will take charge of Canada in 2016/17. Photo: Facebook / Manu Samoa

McGrath broke his silence on his dumping this week saying he can no longer let attempts to defame his character go unchallenged.

In a statement released over the weekend, McGrath said despite numerous attempts to the contact the Samoa Rugby Union he still has not been given a reason why he was sacked.

“However, during that time, there have been no shortage of public comments to the media by SRU personnel giving differing reasons for my removal. Despite being requested to desist by my solicitor, the slurs on my professional reputation have continued,” he said.

“These attempts to defame my character cannot go unchallenged. I feel I have no choice but to answer the points made. It is interesting to note that no other member of the coaching staff has undertaken any kind of review apart from me.”