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Horan quits as women's sevens coach

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/09/2016 Sean Martin

New Zealand Rugby is hunting for another national sevens coach after Sean Horan quit as mentor of the Black Ferns Sevens.

Horan, who guided the women's side to the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, says after being at the helm for nearly five years he was looking for a new challenge.

"I love rugby and fully intend to keep involved in some shape or form, but now's the right time for someone else to take up the sevens reins and build on the strong foundation the team's created," he said.

He follows men's coach Sir Gordon Tietjens in stepping down after the Olympic campaign.

Horan said despite falling short of the gold medal in Rio he was proud of the team.

"It's been a huge privilege to have been part of this amazing ride," said the former coach of Bay of Plenty.

Horan led the side to the World Cup sevens title in 2013 and three women's sevens series titles.

"We fell short of our goal in Rio, but we shouldn't lose sight of what we've achieved."

He will take a break from the game to weigh up options.

NZ Rugby says it will advertise for a new coach to take the side through to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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