Paul John to leave Cardiff Blues for Hong Kong

Paul John
Paul John won 10 caps as a Wales scrum-half from 1994-98

Cardiff Blues have confirmed assistant coach Paul John is to leave them to take charge of the Hong Kong Sevens team while working for the country's sports institute.

The former Wales scrum-half will replace fellow Welshman Gareth Baber as Hong Kong sevens boss.

Ex-Blues assistant coach Baber has succeeded Fiji's Rio Olympics Sevens gold medal-winning boss Ben Ryan.

Ryan recently joined the Welsh Rugby Union as a consultant.

Ryan had worked in top-flight American basketball after leaving his role with Fiji.

John will also oversee Hong Kong's women's and junior sevens set-ups as he takes over from Baber, who is also a former member of Blues' coaching staff.

John said: "It is the perfect opportunity to get back in to coaching sevens and it's a sport I'm very passionate about and has huge potential."