Kiwi McDowall gets Romania job

New Zealander Steve McDowall, the personal trainer of former New Zealand rugby union star Jonah Lomu, has joined the Romanian national team.


Romanian federation president George Straton said on Monday that McDowall would act as the team’s physical trainer.


Straton said McDowall’s arrival was “the final step towards the composition of a professional technical staff” in a bid “to win the European Nations Cup”.


The announcement was made on the eve of the IBR Nations Cup in Bucharest where the South African youth team will defend their title.


Former prop McDowall, 47, earned 46 caps for the All Blacks and was a part of the 1987 World Cup-winning team.


He went on to coach the Auckland Blues and was a trainer with the Kiwi youth side and Lomu until 2003.


McDowall coached Tonga during the 2007 World Cup.


Sapa-AFP – Rugbyweek.com

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