JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African Rugby Union says Paul Treu has left as coach of the national sevens team after nearly a decade in the role in what it describes as a mutual decision.
SARU said president Oregan Hoskins and chief executive Jurie Roux met with Treu on Tuesday "to amicably conclude their discussions."
A former South Africa sevens captain, Treu had been coach since 2004 and won the world series title in 2009. South Africa claimed a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games but never made the World Cup semifinals in three attempts under Treu.
Treu said "the time was right to move on -- both for me and the team."
The new coach will likely be appointed through the 2016 Olympics, when rugby sevens will debut at the Games.