ACADEMY Sir Gordon Tietjens Eagles Rugby Academy


Eagles Rugby Club Sandakan (ERC) will be hosting the official launching of the Sir Gordon Tietjens Eagles Rugby Academy at Eagles Sports Arena in Sandakan in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Thursday, 15th March 2018.

Eagles Rugby Club will be sealing a pact with rugby sevens legend, Sir Gordon Tietjens Eagles, to further advance the standard and popularity of the game of rugby throughout this region. Sir Gordon Tietjens is the Chairman of the Academy which is named after him. The Academy, which has full-fledged state-of-the-art strength conditioning facilities and equipment specifically tailored for the game of rugby, is based in Sandakan. It will be reaching out to all rugby enthusiasts, officials, coaches and players in this region who aim to keep abreast with the latest techniques, theories and training methods covering all spheres of rugby. It will be organizing seminars, workshops, high performance coaching & training courses, strength and conditioning and other rugby-specific activities.

Sabah will be hosting the official launching of the Academy in Sandakan. Eagles Rugby Club is confident that our decision to link up with Sir Gordon Tietjens will help lift the game to greater heights in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak as well as Malaysia and Asia as a whole.

ERC believes that it is a wonderful opportunity for us to harness the in-depth knowledge and expertise of this great rugby legend and maximize use of such knowledge for the good of the game here and elsewhere.

Towards this end, both parties have agreed on our respective roles to realize our mutual vision and objectives and a Memorandum Of Understanding will be signed for the establishment of the Sir Gordon Tietjens Eagles Rugby Academy on the 15th March 2018. It will be a boon for moulding future 7s stars and aspiring high-performance coaches.

In conjunction with the official launching, a 3-day rugby course will be held from the 14th to the 16th of March in Sandakan. It will be facilitated by Sir Gordon himself assisted by coaches Edwin Cocker (former NZ All Blacks 7s captain), Rocky Khan (former All Blacks 7s player) and Crystal Kaua (Ex- NZ women Black Fern player)

The Rugby 7s coaching course is open to participants from this region and already a good number of foreign and local Malaysian coaches have signed up.

For further details please go to the section on the course programme. For signing up and participation fees please see the attached pamphlet.

To know more about the renowned sevens legend please view the attached profile of Sir Gordon Tietjens.



Chairman of Eagles Rugby Academy
Former Coach of the NZ Men’s National Team, the All Blacks Sevens

Motivational speaker Gordon Tietjens is considered to be one of the finest coaches of any sport in the world. He has led New Zealand’s dominating run in the world of rugby sevens throughout the 1990s and 2000’s.

In the 16 years since the IRB Rugby World Series has been run, he has won 12 World Titles and 4 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals; 1998 Kuala Lumpur, 2002 Manchester, 2006 Melbourne and 2010 Delhi. He was named the New Zealand Rugby Union Coach of the year in 2010 recognised for guiding his team to a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal.

In 1999 his efforts were recognised by being awarded the NZ Order of Merit in the New Zealand’s Honours List and again in 2007 he was awarded the Insignia of a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2012 Gordon became the 49th inductee into the International Rugby Board’s Hall of Fame. The commemorative cap and gold pin were presented at an awards ceremony at Twickenham, shortly after New Zealand clinched their 11th World Series title from 14 attempts. Gordon was further promoted in 2013 to a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to rugby after 19 years of coaching the All Black Sevens.

Gordon is known for his no nonsense leadership style and uncanny ability to spot raw new talent. Whether its’ the motivation he injects into his teams, his refusal to accept anything but the best from his players, or his absolute belief in his ability to pick and coach people to be the best they can be. Gordon is a remarkable man with a remarkable track record in sport and working with winning teams.

Many of these principles have been mirrored throughout his 30 year career with Bay Engineers Supplies where he has just made the transition from General Manager to the Strategic Sales Director.

Gordon represented New Zealand in rugby sevens in 1983 and played 86 games for Bay of Plenty between 1981 and 1989.

Gordon released his book “Titch Sevens is My Game” in May of 2006 and has now released his new book just this month “Legacy: Gordon Tietjens”

Gordon is a compelling and fascinating conference speaker and will motivate and inspire you and your team to achieve the most that they can.


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