Posts Tagged "Tana Umaga"

Coach Tana Umaga sees the next five weeks as critical in determining how the Blues’ Super Rugby season will pan out.

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A loose forward by preference, Steven Luatua has no complaints about moving to lock if it gets him on the field.

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Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has replaced Sir John Kirwan as head coach of the Blues.

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There have been a number of articles and discussion around Super Rugby and its likely future namely expansion– a sixth South African team, how to include an Argentinian franchise (if we should at all), Asian involvement and so on.

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It’s now been six years since Tana Umaga pulled off the All Black jersey for the last time after captaining New Zealand to a famous Grand Slam win.

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As a result of his selection at inside centre for the Chiefs’ encounter with the Brumbies this Saturday, Tana Umaga will be able to tell his grandchildren he was the oldest man to ever play Super Rugby. In fact, several of his grandchildren will likely be in the crowd.

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So it is confirmed. Not since Ned Hughes and Karl Ifwersen, way back in 1921, has a former New Zealand Rugby League representative played for the All Blacks.

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The former All Blacks captain and current Counties Manukau player/coach Tana Umaga has confirmed that if approached by a New Zealand franchise, he would return to Super Rugby at the grand old age of 38.

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Good. The first game of the season that I will report on. Here I am, 5 degrees Celsius, at 19.30h. A little early, by anticipation. But I am not the first.

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Former All Black great Tana Umaga is to return to New Zealand and leave his post as a member of the backroom staff of France Top 14 club Toulon.

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Ireland’s Grand Slam rugby captain, Brian O’Driscoll, says he has buried the hatchet with former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga.

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There has been a lot of discussion surrounding greatest teams recently and NZ Rugby World magazine took on the challenge of publishing New Zealand’s 50 greatest All Blacks in their latest edition.

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Mention the 2000 Tri Nations, and people will recall memories of the breathtaking first Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney, a match that was inspiring, entertaining, gripping and showcased “the game they play in heaven” at its best.

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First played in 1892, the French domestic championship begins in a little over a month, with the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (the French National Rugby League) making key changes to the competition that take effect from 2010/11 onwards.

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The British and Irish Lions, or the IRB, someone, should appeal the appalling decision by the Canadian IRB judicial officer Alan Hudson to impose a playing ban on Schalk Burger of only eight weeks.

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New Zealand rugby league convert Sonny Bill Williams is very close to agreeing to a contract extension with French Top 14 side Toulon, club president Mourad Boudjellal said on Tuesday.

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French rugby champions Toulouse returned to the top of the Top 14 table on Sunday after a penalty try helped them to a 20-13 victory over Clermont to end a run of four successive victories by their opponents and avenge a defeat earlier in the season.

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Former NRL star Sonny Bill Williams finally made his mark in French rugby with a starring role in Toulon’s 38-22 win over bottom of the table Mont-de-Marsan on Friday.

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Former All Black centre Tana Umaga insisted on Thursday that he wasn’t forced into making a shock playing comeback, 18 months after he last appeared on the pitch.

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Sonny Bill Williams may form a midfield partnership with his rugby mentor Tana Umaga as the former All Blacks captain laces up the boots again.

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