Coaching changes for All Blacks Sevens

  • 18/07/2017
Incoming head coach Clark Laidlaw.
Incoming head coach Clark Laidlaw. Photo credit: Photosport

New All Blacks Sevens boss Clark Laidlaw has rejigged his coaching line-up for next season, naming Liam Barry as his assistant.

Scott Waldrom, who stood in with Tomasi Cama as interim coaches for the 2016-17 World Rugby sevens series, is no longer required.

Barry is a former All Black who worked with the Blues as skills coach and then assistant coach.

He was also head coach at North Harbour from 2011 to 2013, shifting to Japan for two years to coach at Ricoh before returning to New Zealand last year.

A former All Blacks Sevens star playmaker, Cama has been appointed to Laidlaw's team as attack coach.

Scotland-born Laidlaw said it was important to build a coaching team that had a mix of sevens skills, long-standing coaching experience and deep connections into all levels of rugby in New Zealand.

"Liam brings a huge wealth of coaching experience to the team, as well as very important connections to our Super Rugby teams and provincial rugby in New Zealand," he said.

"Having Tomasi's sevens brain in the coaching line-up will be a huge asset.

"He is arguably the best playmaker the All Blacks Sevens have ever produced and we'll be looking to transfer his knowledge of the game and attacking expertise onto the current crop of players."

Laidlaw's new coaching line-up will guide the side as they compete for next season's world series title, as well as Commonwealth Games gold in Australia next April and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July.