Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / IRB Sevens World Series 2013-14 / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
IRB Sevens World Series
Michael O'Connor steps down as Australia coach
ESPN Staff
February 25, 2014

Michael O'Connor has quit as coach of the Australian men's Sevens program, dealing a blow to the team's preparations and hopes for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He cited family considerations as the contributing factor behind his decision.

"With the Sevens program recently moving to a full-time base in Sydney, and with the international travel to tournaments, it simply meant too much time away from home," he said. "Nevertheless, this move to Sydney is a real step forward for Sevens in Australia, and it aligns us with other countries chasing a gold medal at the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

"I believe that this young Australian squad will be a definite medal chance and now that they live and train in the same place, they will continue to improve and find ways to win."

O'Connor will continue to work with development athletes and to coach the national youth programs.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said that O'Connor had "provided strong leadership and stability" since his appointment in 2008. "We're delighted that Michael will continue to stay involved in our Sevens programs and we will use the months ahead to ensure there is a smooth transition to his successor."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - United States GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Tennis - Swiss Indoors
    Tennis - Valencia Open
    Tennis - WTA World Tour Finals
    Darts - European Championship
    Snooker - International Championship
    NFL - Detroit Lions v Atlanta Falcons
    Golf - Perth International
    Golf - McGladrey Classic
  • Rugby

    Kurtley Beale 'vindicated' by hearing

    Kurtley Beale has opened up about the "terrible lows" he endured amid fears he would never play for the Wallabies again

  • Rugby

    USA could host Premiership matches

    USA Rugby's chief executive Nigel Melville has talked about the possibility of an Aviva Premiership match being staged on the other side of the North Atlantic

  • Football

    Wenger admits Arsenal relief

    Arsene Wenger admitted his relief after Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League

  • Football

    Van Gaal: Mourinho is now the master

    Radamel Falcao's fitness for Manchester United's clash against Chelsea on Sunday is in doubt after the striker picked up a minor injury on Friday

  • Football

    Too early to compare generations, says Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho has insisted it is too early to compare his class of 2014 with the team of serial trophy winners he assembled in his first spell as Chelsea manager

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!