Boks Sevens coach steps down

Saru thanked Treu for his services to Springbok Sevens rugby.

Paul Treu.

JOHANNESBURG - Paul Treu has stepped down as head coach of the Springbok Sevens.

The move has been described as the result of amicable discussions between Saru and Treu despite a number of options given to keep him in SA Rugby.

Neil Powell and Vuyo Zangqa will take charge in the interim.

Treu played for the Bok sevens from 1999-2002 before being appointed coach of the national side in 2004.

Treu said, "I have had a wonderful time at Saru and would like to thank the organisation for the opportunity they have given me. We have had some wonderful highs in the past 10 seasons and I hope I have added value to South African rugby.

"This was a decision I had thought long and hard about for some time and those close to me will know that it was something that I had agonised over. But I believed the time was right to move on - both for me and the team - and I wish them all success in the future."

As coach, he led the team to the IRB World Sevens Series title in 2008/09 and won 14 tournaments on the HSBC Sevens Series circuit.

He coached the team in three Sevens Rugby World Cups and took the team to bronze at the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010.