2016 Māori All Blacks

  • Maori All Blacks 2016 coaching team announced - Tana Umaga appointed Assistant Coach
    Maori All Blacks Head Coach Colin Cooper has announced the coaching and management team for the Maori All Blacks' 2016 northern tour at the end of this year.
    Former All Blacks captain and Blues Head Coach Tana Umaga has been appointed Assistant Coach and former All Blacks prop and Waikato Forwards Coach Carl Hoeft has been appointed Assistant Forwards Coach.
    “I’m delighted to have Tana and Carl join us. Their mix of specific coaching skills and insight as former players adds huge value to the work we are doing around this team.
    “Tana brings a certain mana to our team – he understands the professional rugby environment well and brings a strong High Performance approach to his work. There’s no doubting the knowledge that Carl brings to the forward pack so it’s great to have him on board as well,” Cooper said.
    "The Maori All Blacks is a special team and it's important that we can access great high performance coaching skills."
    The Maori All Blacks squad to tour will be named next month.
    Maori All Blacks 2016 Match schedule (kick off times TBC)
    Friday 4 November v USA Eagles, Toyota Park, Chicago
    Friday 11 November v Munster, Thomond Park, Limerick
    Wednesday 16 November v Harlequins, Twickenham Stoop, London
    Maori All Blacks Management Team
    Head Coach - Colin Cooper
    Assistant Coach - Tana Umaga
    Assistant Forwards Coach - Carl Hoeft
    Kaumatua - Luke Crawford
    Manager - Tony Ward
    Video Analyst - Jayson Ross
    Doctor - Zig Khouri
    Strength and Conditioning Coach - Bradley Anderson
    Physiotherapist - Ash Draper
    Logistics /Massage - Paul Minehan


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