Umaga Announces Future

Former All Black captain Tana Umaga has decided his coaching future lies in South Auckland by re-signing with the current Ranfurly Shield holders Counties Manukau until 2016.

Umaga is happy to extend his contract as the Head Coach of the Counties Manukau Steelers saying “There is still a lot I want to achieve at this Union.  I thoroughly enjoy the environment, the people and the culture we have at Counties.

“Counties Manukau is well known for the talent pool it produces and I take great pride in the challenge of  developing young players so they can go on to higher honours.”

Counties Manukau CEO Andrew Maddock is pleased to have retained the services of the dynamic coach.

“Tana is hugely respected by our players and our supporters.  He has the ability to get the best out of the players and those around him,” said Maddock.

“It also offers us continuity and allows Tana to keep building on the good work he has already done.”

The Counties Manukau Steelers season officially starts with two Ranfurly Shield matches against Thames Valley on Wednesday 2 July and Mid Canterbury the following week on Wednesday 9 July.  Both matches will be played at ECOLight Stadium at 6pm.

Season Memberships are on sale now from only $50 for a South Auckland Motors Embankment membership or $100 for a Grandstand Membership which is for Steelers ITM Cup home games.

There a Mega Membership option for the ultimate Counties fan which also includes which includes entry into the non-ITM Cup Ranfurly Shield matches, Counties Power Club Finals all CMRFU run games and priority booking for the All Blacks v England test match at Waikato Stadium on 21 June.  Prices for the Mega Membership are $85 on the SAMS Embankment, $70 for a Child Grandstand option or $140 for an Adult Grandstand option.  To purchase your membership visit or phone 09 2370033.