Tew: An extraordinary moment in time for NZ(IRB.COM) Wednesday 3 July 2013
New Zealand's men's and women's Sevens teams arrived back in the country to a hero's welcome at Auckland Airport.
After their double triumph in Moscow, both champion teams were officially welcomed by New Zealand Rugby President and former All Black, Ian MacRae, as well as family, friends and supporters.
"That is a special moment for a lot of us. To win a World Cup, for me, probably at the latter stage of my career, with a bunch of good lads, is definitely special and we did it quite convincingly in the end," All Blacks Sevens captain, DJ Forbes told TVNZ.
"I knew when I left our shores I had a pretty strong side overall," said coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens. "To win 33-0 against England (in the final) said it all really."
For women's coach Sean Horan the success was the perfect end to a first proper season of competition following the union's Go4Gold scouting campaign, which also yielded the first ever IRB Women's Sevens World Series title.
"The plan was obviously to put a programme together and we put that together with the Go For Gold and it identified some real good talent," Horan said. "As we saw on the field, half our team comes from another code and it's been an enjoyable ride for the last year."
Tew: Enormously proud
The arrival of the both Rugby World Cup Sevens trophies in New Zealand marked the first time in international rugby that all four Rugby World Cups have been held by a single country.
“New Zealand Rugby is enormously proud of the success of our world champion Sevens teams," said New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew, who was himself in Moscow.
"The double triumph in Moscow was a wonderful moment for rugby and our country and reflected the enormous level of commitment and skill we bring to the game.
“To be crowned world champions is a huge credit to the players and management who have trained so hard to win this pinnacle event.
“I want to especially acknowledge Tim Mikkelson and Kayla McAlister, who are the IRB Sevens Players of the Year, and Gillies Kaka and Portia Woodman, who were the Players of the Tournament. All had superb seasons and World Cups.
“It is also worth reflecting that New Zealand is now world champions in Fifteens and Sevens for both men and women. Our Sevens teams are also World Series champions. This really is an extraordinary moment in time for New Zealand rugby.”
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