Gordon Tietjens pulls out of Southland awards

Last updated 20:02 29/05/2014
Gordon Tietjens
Getty
SEVENS COACH: Gordon Tietjens.

Relevant offers

Sevens

Kiwi quartet strong contenders to take over as New Zealand sevens coach Kenya keen to tap into Sir Gordon Tietjens' sevens knowledge 'Revitalised' experience at Wellington Sevens to include party zones in stands New Zealand men's and women's teams qualified for Rugby World Cup Sevens New Zealand women's sevens coach Sean Horan steps down, contemplates men's job Fiji sevens star Masivesi Dakuwaqa fears his historic Olympic gold medal has been stolen. Willie Rickards latest to signal he's not interested in NZ sevens job Former All Black Scott Waldrom chasing his dream sevens job NZ sevens legend Eric Rush not keen on idea of Englishman Ben Ryan replacing Gordon Tietjens Junior Tomasi Cama won't contest New Zealand Sevens coaching role

New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has withdrawn as guest speaker from tomorrow night's Southland Sports Awards after making an off-colour joke at a similar event in Dunedin.

Tietjens reportedly shocked some guests with a joke about removing a women's bra, with or without her consent, at the Otago Sports Awards last Friday.

He apologised for the clanger in a statement this week.

''It was a joke, in hindsight, which I should never have used and I am deeply sorry,'' the statement said.

Sport Southland had been happy to continue with Tietjens as their guest speaker for the sold-out awards night but he withdrew today and has been replaced by former All Black Justin Marshall.

Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said he was pleased Marshall had been able to accept the invitation at short notice.

''Whilst we are disappointed Sir Gordon Tietjens opted not to speak at the awards, we are delighted to secure Justin as a guest speaker at the last minute," he said.

"As a Southlander and a sportsperson who has competed at the very highest level, we have no doubt he will have some great stories to share.''

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

What effect will a potential ban on booze at Rugby Sevens 2015 have on you?

I'd no longer go ... what's the point?

I'd buy a ticket, with rugby the priority again.

Ban or no ban, I'm still going.

I'd rather watch 'Wheel of Fortune' on a 24/7 loop than 7s.

Vote Result

Related story: Booze ban hovers over sevens

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content