Presented by Sir Gordon Tietjens

Sir Gordon Tietjens


Provide a viable pathway for young rugby players living in Singapore to play Rugby 7’s at the top level.

The GEMS Rugby 7s Academy presented by Sir Gordon Tietjens is a unique high performance rugby environment available nowhere else in Singapore.

It provides talented rugby players from 15-17 years old with training and learning opportunities that will push them to higher levels of conditioning, skill execution and game understanding in Rugby 7s.

Using the highly successful coaching philosophies and experience of Sir Gordon Tietjens, players will develop the habits and mindset that can take them to the top.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore) aims to be a powerful catalyst for change, shaping the future of learning for the better.

By partnering with passionate, visionary, experienced practitioners like Sir Gordon Tietjens, the GEMS Rugby 7’s Academy is where the future of International Rugby 7’s starts with us today.

For more information contact Danny Tauroa, Head Coach at GEMS World Academy (Singapore),


Players in the GEMS Rugby 7s Academy presented by Sir Gordon Tietjens, will be coached in the following content:

Rugby 7s Specific Conditioning

Mental toughness


Analysing performance

Basic pass progression

Vision and decision making

Ruck and maul technicalities

Individual and team skills

Designing a Strategy and Game Plan for a 7s team

Continuity and Basic Patterns of play in 7s

Sequencing from Set Piece

Creation and Exploitation of Space

7s attack (Basic principles)

7s defence (Basic principles)

Counter attack and turnover ball

Attack from set phase and second phase

Defence from set phase and second phase

Scrum (How to get an edge)

Kick offs and reception techniques/strategies

Lineout’s (skills, tactics and technicalities)

The player/referee relationship

Planning the Season





The GEMS Rugby 7s Academy presented by Sir Gordon Tietjens will be presented over four phases of 7 weeks.

There will be two coaching sessions each week - one focusing on 7s conditioning and fundamental rugby skills, the other on individual 7s skills, and game understanding.

Sir Gordon Tietjens will be in Singapore for at least 4 clinics to coincide with each phase.

Proposed dates for the phases are followed by proposed dates for clinics with Sir Gordon:

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

26 August - 08 October

28 October - 09 December

20 January - 24 March

21 April - 09 June

26 & 27 August

28 & 29 October

20 & 21 January

24 & 25 April - SG 7s

*dates for clinics with Sir Gordon are subject to change.


Sir Gordon Tietjens

Sir Gordon Tietjens - Head Coach, Samoa rugby sevens team, and celebrated former coach of the New Zealand All Blacks Sevens

  • The most respected and successful Rugby 7s coach in history!
  • All Blacks 7s coach for 22 years winning:
    -    12 World 7s Series
    -     2 Rugby World Cup 7s Championships
    -     4 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals
  • Over 30 players from All Blacks 7s teams coached by Sir Gordon have become All Blacks
  • In 2012 Sir Gordon was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame, the first Rugby 7s coach to receive this honour.
  • In 2013 he was knighted for his services to rugby
  • Currently coaching the Samoan 7s Team competing in the HSBC World Series 7s tournament.


Danny Tauroa – Head Coach, GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

  • IRB/World Rugby Level 2 and 3 accredited coach
  • Singapore National Men’s 15s Head Coach (2007 - 2010)
  • The only Singapore Coach to win Asian Rugby Division 1 and play in the elite Asian 5 Nations (2009)
  • Head Coach of the National Women’s 7s team (2010 - 2014), competing on the Asian Rugby 7s Series
  • 3 Singapore National Rugby Championships (2006-2008), as Head Coach of Bedok Kings
  • Bay of Plenty (NZ) provincial representative rugby player                     
  • New Zealand Junior Men’s Volleyball representative player
  • Fox Sports Asia commentator - Rugby World Cup 2011 and 2015
  • Assistant Manager for Samoa 7s team - Hong Kong and Singapore HSBC World 7s Series tournaments 2017
  • Strength and Conditioning Level 1 Coach accredited to the American Council of Exercise (ACE)

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