Damian McGrath Lands Head Coaching Job with German 7s Team
It was always going to be Canada's loss would be someone's gain and it turned out Germany were the winners. Damian was let go by Rugby Canada after some political in-fighting saw XVs coach, Kingsley Jones, given control over both the XVs and 7s programs and Jones' assistant, Henry Paul, given the interim 7s head coach position.
Damian was a well respected and popular coach with the Canadian rugby community, he made continuous efforts to support rugby at all levels across the country, attending club games and youth tournaments, always scoping out the rugby talent that was coming up through the system. He coached Canada to their only World Series Cup title in Singapore in 2017.
He had other opportunities offered, to be an assistant coach in Wales, to go to the Olympics with the Fiji team but the challenge of being in charge of Germany and "fighting against the odds to get them on the World Series was too good to miss". Add in the proximity to friends and family in the north of England, only a 90 minute flight away, and it was a done deal.
He'll be over to watch the Oktoberfest 7s in Munich this weekend where Germany will take on sides from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England, Fiji, France and USA. He'll take on his new coaching duties officially the week after.
Expect to see the German team at the Dubai 7s tournament in December and then tour South America for the two tournaments in January. There's no doubt a lot of Canadian players and coaches will be happy to see Damian when their paths cross at these tournaments. We wish him all the best in his new coaching challenge.