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New NZ women's sevens coach named

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/11/2016

Allan Bunting has been appointed coach of New Zealand's Olympic silver medal-winning Black Ferns Sevens.

Bunting has been assistant coach of the team since 2012, during which time the team won three World Series titles, the Sevens World Cup and silver at the Rio Olympics.

He replaces Sean Horan, who stepped down in September after five years at the helm.

Promoting Bunting to head was about ensuring continuity, New Zealand Rugby's general manager of rugby Neil Sorensen said.

"We're very excited to have a coach of Allan's calibre lead the Black Ferns Sevens and build on the successful foundation already in place.

"He brings mana, knowledge and Olympic experience to the role, which will be critical for the team to reach its potential."

Sorenson said Bunting would play a key part in NZ Rugby's long-term goal of winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Bunting said he was looking forward to his new role.

"I want to build on the existing culture and grow a player-led environment that thrives on being challenged.

"I also want to help grow the depth of athletes playing sevens. It doesn't matter if you are not a rugby player; if you have the desired attributes then I'm interested to see how you go playing sevens."

World Rugby's five-tournament women's sevens series begins in Dubai on December 1-2 before moving to Sydney in early February.

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