England Sevens Head Coach, Ben Ryan, today announced he would be stepping down after six years in charge of the national team.
Still young in terms of coaching, the 41 year old led England to third overall in the HSBC Sevens World Series on three occasions in 2008, 2011 and 2011 whilst guiding them through 56 tournaments which included reaching the semi-finals or better 28 times and winning titles in Wellington (2008 & 2013), Dubai (2010 & 2011) and at Rugby HQ in London (2008).
Ryan’s most recent success came at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow where England finished as runners-up to New Zealand.
The good news for the players is that Ryan is not immediately stepping down and will oversee the transition of a new appointment in time for the first Sevens tournament in Australia, which commences on October 12th. No immediate appointment has been announced as the recruitment process will begin shortly to find his replacement.
Looking back on his time in charge and the game has certainly changed to embrace a wider global audience. 2014 will see the team taking to the field at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow whilst 2016 will mark the inclusion of Sevens at the Olympic Games for the first time.
One thing that Ryan can take immense pride in is that of the development of players, most notably is that of Ben and Tom Youngs. The brothers progressed from England Sevens to playing a part in the winning British & Irish Lions Tour this summer.
The final word goes to the man himself who says ‘I’m proud of what England Sevens has achieved in the last six years. I’ve loved working as England Sevens Head Coach and enjoyed every minute in a time of dramatic change for the sport and the squad.’