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All Blacks legend back at Blues in new role


All Blacks legend Tana Umaga returns to the Blues ahead of the next Super Rugby Pacific season, as a coaching consultant.

Umaga quit his former coaching job at the Auckland-based franchise to work with his wife in their natural health supplement production business.

However, he has kept his finger in the coaching pie by serving as Samoa’s assistant coach and will now be back with the Blues as they progress towards 2023.

Multi-faceted role

Umaga will establish development programs for assistant coaches, as well as planning, strategy and delivery with the head coach and forward coach.

He must also work on planning and delivery around the culture and environment of the Blues team, review game plans and performances and much more.

“Tana has maintained her contact with the club and we have always said that our door will remain open to her,” CEO Andrew Hore revealed on the Blues website.

“He’s in position now and keen to join our squad, which binds him to the coaches he has a close relationship with.

“Having said that, Tana has a different role with the club and while he will work closely with many aspects of the team and the club, he will also play a helicopter role in critically analyzing key aspects of team performance.

“In this regard, he will work directly with our group and coaching staff as well as our Chief Rugby Officer, Josh Blackie.”

Back to the Blues

Umaga, who has won 74 caps for the All Blacks during his playing days revealed he was delighted to be back in the Super Rugby Pacific squad this season.

“I never lost the interest or the desire to stay as a coach and to be part of the Blues again,” he said before agreeing to a seven-month contract.

“I have enjoyed the challenge with our business, but I have the opportunity to return to rugby, while maintaining my other business interests.

“Part of the role around the team environment and culture is something that I hold dear and appreciate, while the work of developing and evaluating coaches and players is a new challenge, which I look forward to.”

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