Tana Umaga Head Coach of the Counties Manukau Steelers

Tana Umaga has today been confirmed as the new Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union Head coach.

Counties Manukau CEO Andrew Maddock said “We are delighted with the appointment of Tana.  He will continue the good work that has already been done within the Union.

His experience, wealth of knowledge and coaching skills are greatly valued and we are looking forward to our players continuing to benefit from him.

Tana Umaga said “This is a region full of talent and I am looking forward to capturing that talent, enhancing and retaining it, while building on the good work with the players that we have already done”.

Milton Haig has taken up a role with the international world cup side Georgia.

Umaga went on to say ” I am really excited about the next phase in my coaching career as Head Coach of the Counties Manukau Steelers.

My family and I really enjoy living here and I have become very attached to the area and to the players.

There is a great talent pool here and the region is renowned for growing players which we will continue to do and focus on retaining the players within the Counties Manukau region.

In the last few years I have enjoyed my role with the side and am keen to continue and build on the good work that has been done.

Counties Manukau’s riches are in its people, players, supporters, sponsors and fans.  It is great to be a member of a team of people who are focused on fielding a successful team.

Our players enjoy the environment and this is one of the reasons we are also experiencing interest in players from other Unions which is a nice change.

We are trying to concentrate on developing players as a whole, in addition to the rugby aspect which I think is vital for players in the modern game”.