Blues 2019



  • @duluth Sack him.

    If Leon's being thrown into the frying pan you can't be getting other ingredients from Pak n Save! 🙂



  • I agree I'd like to see a new forwards coach come in (ideally Coventry). The scrum has actually improved this year under Afeaki i'd keep him as scrum coach but yes the maul defense continues to be poor.

    I fear though that with the 2nd coaching appointment not yet named it will be underwhelming and not a forwards coach - like a lesser known skills coach or something.



  • @bovidae said in Super Rugby News:

    Dave Ellis is listed as the skills coach so is his head on the chopping block? Or does Tana assume the role of backs coach in the current coaching team?

    Umaga doesn't have responsibility for a single area. He opted to have specialists beneath him and take a hands off approach this year.
    I think the Sunwolves loss was the catalyst for that. Thats the only time I can remember him taking responsibility and he said he would review his input.



  • @kiwimurph It'll be the reconfirmation of Tana, won't it?



  • @chris-b Good point. Well hopefully there is at least some comment on that the coaching group hasn't been finalised for next season and there are more announcements to come.



  • @kiwimurph The lengths of the appointments will be quite interesting - as could be the titles.

    I wonder if they might "promote" Tana to "Director of Coaching" or something?

    I'm really wondering what they've used as a carrot for Leon to go up there. Another Super Assistant's job doesn't seem like an upgrade - especially given the high risk of tarnishing his Midas touch.



  • The second coaching announcement is that Tana gets a year. Not much of an endorsement from Redman and Co.



  • @wurzel Tana is lucky to be getting any contract extension at all.



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  • @wurzel said in Blues 2019:

    The second coaching announcement is that Tana gets a year. Not much of an endorsement from Redman and Co.

    I'm surprised. The rumour was he was getting extended for two years

    The MacDonald appointment still doesn't make much sense from his perspective. He only recently walked away from a similar job.
    I wonder if he is taking over as head coach in 2020 and this whole exercise is about protecting reputations?



  • Leon MacDonald 3 year deal. Dave Ellis not returning - rest of coaching group to be confirmed - to be made/announced in July.



  • MacDonald 3yrs
    Shitty Umaga 1 yr

    Dave Ellis is gone



  • MacDonald in charge of attack

    A different attack/skills coach every year that Umaga has been there (Feeney, Umaga, Ellis now MacDonald)



  • @duluth said in Blues 2019:

    I wonder if he is taking over as head coach in 2020 and this whole exercise is about protecting reputations?

    I'm starting to think this is the case. Umaga talking about continuity of MacDonald being there if he doesn't get another extension

    This board did want the Matson/Kirwan deal to happen..



  • Umaga giggling at jokes about how shitty the Blues record has been



  • The problem for the Blues is not scoring points (although they have scored the least in the NZ conf) but conceding more points. D-fence!!



  • @duluth said in Blues 2019:

    Umaga giggling at jokes about how shitty the Blues record has been

    Look on the bright side mate. Only one more season after this season of his dross!



  • I take it the board and CEO are staying as is then. What a shambles. Can't believe Redman still has a job.



  • Dead Man Walking. Leon surely is now in charge and they are just managing Tana out (keeping SBW happy until the World Cup?).

    If they can get a decent forwards coach as well to work with him, and Jackson can improve defence it will be a big step forward.

    As much as I dislike ex-players as coaches, at least this time they have picked one that has improved a team to NPC finalists, and been part of a Super Rugby winning combination. Small things like looking at results like that instead of celebrity status.

    Hopefully they will keep Tana out of any more selection choices too.



  • I love that they don't want to undo all the hard work and 'experience' by putting a new coach at the helm...