Liam Middleton is in possession of an impressive and diverse rugby CV. Across both codes, he coached the sport on many different levels and regions around the globe.
In his latest role, Middleton took over Canada’s ever-improving men’s 7s team from long-serving coach Geraint John. The Level 4 coach and father of two sons is now focussing on continuing John's recent success with a team full of potential.
Before Middleton took charge of the North-Americans he worked with Bristol Rugby, Hartpury College and South Africa's Howick High School followed by the director of rugby position of Zimbabwe, where he had also been the Sevens head coach since 2004.
The Zimbabwe-born guided Bristol to the Championship play-offs and won the British and Irish Cup. At Hartpury College he coached the highly-successful senior 1st XV to three consecutive University Championships and secured the trophy with Zimbabwe Sevens at the Sevens Rugby World Cup 2009.
|Current Team||Canada 7s|
|Place of Birth||Harare, Zimbabwe|
|Favourite 7s Tournament||Vancouver 7s|
WOULD YOU RATHER
Have the ability to fly or the ability to read people's mind?
Fly. You should be more concerned with who you are than what people think you are.
Would you rather go without your car or the Internet for a month?
Enjoy a houseboat or speed boat?
A houseboat on Lake Kariba, a fast one.
Would you rather go forward or back in time?
Back in time to the age of explorers.
Have a night out or evening in?
Watch TV or read a book?
Watch rugby on TV
Use Facebook or Twitter?
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PLEASE TELL US...
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Fishing from a houseboat on Lake Kariba.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
What is your favourite film?
What has been your biggest challenge?
Every day is a challenge to be the best you can be.
What is your biggest success up until now?
Raising my boys.
What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
Emotional intelligence, it would solve most of the world’s conflicts.
What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?
What’s next for you?
Upcoming tournaments of the World Sevens Series.
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