Umaga steps down as Auckland Blues head coach
Wellington (AFP) - All Blacks great Tana Umaga stepped down as head coach of the Auckland Blues on Thursday after disappointing results during his three years in charge of the Super Rugby club.Umaga will remain with the Blues as defence coach but hand over the top job to Leon MacDonald, who was originally brought in as Umaga's assistant last May.The Blues ended the regular season at the bottom of the New Zealand conference for the third-straight year and have not made the playoffs since 2011.Team officials raised eyebrows in May when they gave Umaga another year in charge.But they said Monday ...
Auckland Blues give under-fire Umaga another year
Wellington (AFP) - The struggling Auckland Blues gave coach Tana Umaga a 12-month contract extension Wednesday but made it clear he needs to turn around the Super Rugby club's fortunes.Umaga's team are again rooted to the bottom of the New Zealand conference after losing eight of their 11 matches this season.Blues chief Michael Redman said he believed the All Black legend still had a role to play in returning the club to the glory days that brought three titles."Changing head coach now would mean we throw out three years of hard-earned experience and starting again which we believe is the wron...