Gordon Tietjens

Gordon Tietjens

Gordon Tietjens
Tietjens in Fiji
Date of birth (1955-12-09) 9 December 1955
Place of birth Rotorua, New Zealand (one of three brothers)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position -
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty[1]
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
1983  New Zealand Hong Kong Sevens
Coaching career
Years Club / team
 New Zealand
Bay of Plenty

Sir Gordon Frederick Tietjens KNZM (born 9 December 1955) is the current coach of New Zealand's men's national team in rugby sevens, the All Blacks Sevens.[2] When the International Rugby Board inducted him into the IRB Hall of Fame in May 2012, it said that "Tietjens' roll of honour is without peer in Sevens, and perhaps in the Game of Rugby as a whole."[3] As of his induction, he had coached the All Blacks Sevens to 10 series titles in the IRB Sevens World Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens crown in 2001, and gold medals in four of the five Commonwealth Games in which the sport had been contested, losing the 2014 final in Glasgow.[3] He has also added two more IRB Sevens series titles (2013 and 2014), and a second Rugby World Cup Sevens crown (also in 2013).

Tietjens has coached many young players who have gone on to become All Blacks, including Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu, Joe Rokocoko, Mils Muliaina, Rico Gear, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, and Liam Messam.[4] As of June 2010 Tietjens has coached 36 players who have gone on to become All Blacks in the 15-a-side game.

Tietjens is currently assisted by Eric Rush, a former long-serving captain of the New Zealand Sevens team and a former Sevens star himself. In 2012, his contract as the NZ Sevens coach was extended through to 2016.[5] This allows Tietjens to be part of Sevens rugby first first inclusion in the Olympic Games.

In the New Year Honours 1999, Tietjens was appointed a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit,[6][7] in the New Year Honours 2007, he was elevated to Companion of the same order,[8] and in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013, Tietjens was further promoted to a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit[9][10]


  • Playing honours: New Zealand Barbarians
  • Member of the first national New Zealand Hong Kong Sevens Team (1983)
  • New Zealand Sevens Head Coach (1994-Present)
  • IRB Sevens World Series Champions (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens Champions (2001 & 2013)
  • Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens Gold Medalist (1998, 2002, 2006 & 2010)
  • NPC Coach of the Year in (2000 for Bay of Plenty)[5]
  • NZRU Coach of the Year (2010)[11]
  • IRB Hall of Fame Member
  • Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit


  1. ^ New Zealand Olympic Committee. "Gordon Tietjens". Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  2. ^ New Zealand 7s Scrum.com news, 2 February 2010
  3. ^ a b "Gordon Tietjens inducted to IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Lomu and Cullen requested for sevens duty Scrum.com news, 6 December 1999
  5. ^ a b http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/6693267/Tietjens-to-coach-NZ-sevens-at-Rio-Olympics
  6. ^ "New Year Honours 1999" (22 January 1999) 5 New Zealand Gazette 139.
  7. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours List 1999". Honours List. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of New Zealand. 31 December 1998. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours List 2007". Honours List. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of New Zealand. 31 December 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2013" (24 June 2013) 80 New Zealand Gazette 2171.
  10. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013". Honours List. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of New Zealand. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  11. ^ [2]