Tana Umaga will no longer be a Blues coach


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Tana Umaga will no longer be a Blues coach

Tana Umaga, who has played a key role in the coaching staff of the Blues since 2016, will leave his role in professional rugby for the moment. After announcing the decision, the New Zealander said it had been difficult to leave the club after initially signing a multi-year contract extension with New Zealand Rugby.

“I loved my time in Blues, but in the end my family comes first and, with that in mind, I have decided to dedicate my time and energy to growing our business together with my wife Rochelle”said the former player of the All blacks.

On the other hand, the CEO of Blues, Andrew Hore, expressed that the club will miss Umaga’s presence a lot, but fully supported her decision: “Tana has been an important part of Blues for the past six years. His influence on the club and the team has been significant. He has been an integral part in the development and promotion of culture within the team and our club. Our door will always be open for Tana and her family. “

Umaga, who has 74 games wearing the black jersey, joined the Blues in 2016 as head coach, later, in 2018, he became the defense coach under the command of Leon macdonald.

This year, the Blues recorded the highest tackle accuracy and conceded the fewest tries, helping lay the foundation for the club’s first major title in 18 years when they won the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby.


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