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Coaching change for USA Sevens

27th June 2014 11:45

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Matt Hawkins for USA

Stepping down: Matt Hawkins

USA have revealed that Matt Hawkins will step down as head coach of their Sevens team, with a new coach set to be confirmed in the next ten days.

Hawkins took over as coach ahead of the 2013/14 World Series and led the Eagles to a combined 14-2-34 record in the following nine tournaments.

As a player, he scored 280 points in 38 legs and captained the team in the RWC Sevens and the 2012/13 Series where they retained core status.

"My career with the sevens program as a player, captain, and coach has been one that will be looked back on with emotion and pride," he said.

"Unfortunately I have been asked to step down from my position. There was a real opportunity to make a change and have our program step forward in a new direction that allowed for short- and long-term sustainable success.

"I thank the administration for the opportunity, my staff for their support, and the players for the honour to lead and guide them."

USA Sevens are eager to take the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games but must first qualify for the showpiece during the upcoming 2014/15 IRB Sevens World Series.

"I would like to thank Matt for the outstanding contribution he has made to the Eagles Sevens program as both a player and a coach," said Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville.

"With just under a year to go to Olympic qualification, we want to make sure that we continue to take the program to the next level and to achieve this we felt it was important to make changes."