Umaga takes over at Toulon

Retired All Blacks centre Tana Umaga had his taste of off-field rugby action when he administered his first training session as General Manager at French second division side Toulon on Tuesday.

Umaga, who retired from the international game in 2005, played a season of rugby at the club last year, but will now be returning in a full-time managerial capacity with the aim of guiding them back into Division One.

Although the players resumed training in July already, SAPA-AFP reports that Umaga arrived in France last Thursday only.

While Umaga will work as the club’s General Manager, it has been reported that he could possibly have some influence with the coaching of the backline, imparting his vast knowledge – as one of the greatest centres in the world – on the ambitious French club.

Umaga played 74 Test matches for New Zealand between 1997 and 2005, captaining them 21 times and also scoring 37 international tries.

The veteran Hurricanes and Wellington star will be joined at Toulon by star Springbok lock Victor Matfield, former Wallabies skipper George Gregan and All Black hooker Anton Oliver after the World Cup in France.

 

365 Digital

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