Walsh will take over from Andy Friend as Aussie7s men's coach in July. Photo: Ultimate Rugby on Twitter

CANBERRA – Rugby Australia on Monday confirmed Olympic gold medal-winning coach Tim Walsh as the next Australian men’s sevens coach.

Walsh announced in January he would vacate the Head Coach position with the Australian Women’s Sevens team following the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, having guided the team to an historic Gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and a HSBC Sevens World Series title in 2016.

In his five years at the helm of the women’s programme, Walsh moulded a group of talented athletes he helped to identify and recruit from a range of sports into a world champion Rugby Sevens outfit and boasts a World Series winning percentage of 85 percent. In that time he took the team from fifth to number one in the world.

Walsh, who turns 39 next month, said he had been considering overseas options but his priority was always to remain in Australia if the opportunity arose.

A former Queensland Reds flyhalf, Walsh represented the Australian sevens team from 2002 to 2009.

In his playing career he turned out for many clubs: Queensland Reds (8 matches – 1999, 2004, 2010), North Harbour (NZ) Worcester, Leeds Carnegie, Birmingham & Solihull, Newbury (all UK) and Patraca Padova (Italy). 

African News Agency (ANA)

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