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Paul John speaks with his coaches during a match on the IRB Sevens circuit
Paul John

Paul John

Head Coach: Wales Sevens

Paul John has moved successfully into the coaching sphere after a distinguished playing career. He began his senior career at in 1988 with Cardiff before moving to Sardis Road to play for Ponypridd three years later. As a scrum half, he formed a legendary partnership with Wales fly half Neil Jenkins.

He captained both his club and country and earned 10 caps for Wales, having also gained honours at Wales Under 15, U18, U21 and Wales 'B' level.

He retired as a player in 2005 and moved into a head coaching role with his beloved Pontpridd, where he guided them to two SWALEC Cup victories. He was a teacher of Physical Education at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, before becoming a full-time coach with Wales Sevens in 2009.

He guided Wales to success in the Rugby Sevens World Cup the same year in Dubai where his side stunned title favourites New Zealand in the quarter-final en route to beating Argentina in the final.

He has been instrumental in bringing a number of players from Sevens through to full honours with Wales with Alex Cuthbert, Rhys Patchell, Josh Turnbull, Justin Tipuric and Lloyd Williams among those who have taken the step up after performing in the IRB Sevens World Series.

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