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Treu leaves as South Africa rugby sevens coach

August 13, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African Rugby Union says Paul Treu has left as coach of the national sevens team after nearly a decade in the role in what it describes as a mutual decision.

SARU said president Oregan Hoskins and chief executive Jurie Roux met with Treu on Tuesday “to amicably conclude their discussions.”

A former South Africa sevens captain, Treu had been coach since 2004 and won the world series title in 2009. South Africa claimed a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games but never made the World Cup semifinals in three attempts under Treu.

Treu said “the time was right to move on — both for me and the team.”

The new coach will likely be appointed through the 2016 Olympics, when rugby sevens will debut at the Games.

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