Clark Laidlaw to be New-Zealand 7s coach
Former Jed player, Captain and Youth Delelopment coach, Clark Laidlaw has been named as New-Zealand 7s head coach.
He will succeed Sir Gordon Tietjens at the All Blacks sevens, who stood down after the Rio Olympics following 22 years in charge.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm excited at the challenge that lies ahead," he said.
Formerly a skills coach and video analyst within the All Blacks sevens set-up, Laidlaw was assistant coach of Super Rugby side Hurricanes in New Zealand before joining London Irish where he is assistant coach.
There is a catch, however. Laidlaw won't take up the role until after the coming World Rugby Sevens Series, with his start date set for June 1, 2017.
NZR general manager Neil Sorensen said the organisation is prepared to wait for Laidlaw to finish up with London Irish, because of the faith it has in him being the right man to lead the national team.