Umaga joins coaching staff of Maori All Blacks

Former All Blacks captain and Blues Head Coach Tana Umaga has been appointed as assistant coach for the Maori All Blacks.

Maori All Blacks Head Coach Colin Cooper announced the coaching and management team for the Maori All Blacks' 2016 northern tour at the end of this year on Wednesday.

Umaga will be joined by fellow assistant coach and former All Blacks prop and Waikato forwards coach Carl Hoeft.

“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," Cooper said.

“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."

"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 tour schedule:
Friday November 4 v USA Eagles, Toyota Park, Chicago
Friday November 11 v Munster, Thomond Park, Limerick
Wednesday November 16 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