Teitjens on failed Rio bid: It was a disgrace

Author
Charlie Bristow,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Saturday, 28 October 2017, 1:55PM
The renowned Sevens mind has accused NZR of putting the All Blacks interests ahead of Olympic gold in a year without a World Cup or major tour. (Photo: Photosport)

Former All Blacks Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens has lifted the lid on the frustrating 2016 Olympic campaign, blaming New Zealand Rugby for their poor performance in Rio.

In his new book 'Legacy', the renowned Sevens mind has accused NZR of putting the All Blacks interests ahead of Olympic gold in a year without a World Cup or major tour.

New Zealand crashed out in the Rio quarter finals, a fact that Sir Gordon Tietjens blames on no centralised programme and a lack of top players.

He's recalled to Tony Veitch a meeting that included All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, where he told Tietjens that fringe All Blacks were unavailable, despite injury decimating the All Blacks Sevens.

"So it's a disgrace and I mean I walked out [of] there despondent, I could've stood back in there and disagreed and shouted the roof down but I didn't, so I walked out, it is what it is and let's get on with it."

Tietjens said the review of the 2016 Olympics was a joke, describing it as a four-question meeting in a cafe

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