Australia reveal new Sevens coach

Last updated 14:44 27/05/2014

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A member of Graham Henry's staff when he was coach of Wales at the 1999 World Cup has been appointed to co-ordinate the Australian Rugby Union's bid for Sevens gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Rio Olympics.

Geraint John, a skills coach during Henry's regime, was named today as the successor to former Wallabies and New South Wales rugby league representative Michael O'Connor, who mentored the Australian men's team for six years.

The 51-year-old joins the ARU from Rugby Canada where he was head coach of the men's team since 2010.

The Welshman's first tournament in charge will be in Glasgow in July, where Australia will attempt to end New Zealand's dominance at the event before the next IRB Seven World Series starts on the Gold Coast in October.

Planning for Sevens' Olympic Games debut at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 is obviously another priority for the 51-year-old.

"While you can never guarantee anything in sport - and especially the Olympics - I am delighted to be given the opportunity to give us the best possible chance of bringing back gold in 2016," he said.

Australia finished fifth in the 2013-14 Sevens World Series behind New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and England.

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