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James Stannard’s move into rugby’s coaching ranks

Rugby Sevens legend James Stannard has picked up a job as assistant coach of the Aussie Women’s Sevens team, months after being forced into retirement due to a coward punch in Sydney.

“Still get a bit of vertigo that I need to get fixed up. Have some Good days and some bad days.”

The attack meant Stannard missed out on his swan song at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but he always hoped to break into coaching at the elite level.

“I think we have 4 or 5 tours each year so that’s something my family will have to get used to but I won’t be away as much as I was when I was playing.”

The Aussie women’s Sevens team has been the best performed of all our national rugby teams in recent times, headlined by their Olympic Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“They’re amazing athletes. They work bloody hard and they’re really skilful. A lot better than I thought. I think I’ll be learning a lot off them.

Click play below to listen to James Stannard talk to Julian King.