Umaga poised to take over Blues

Date published: June 18 2015

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga is set to be announced as the new head coach of the Blues, according to reports.

Stuff allege that the 42-year-old is set to sign a three-year deal to become the next head coach of the Super Rugby franchise.

Umaga has been head coach for Counties Manukau in the ITM Cup since 2011, after starting out as a player/coach with Toulon.

In recent weeks Umaga has been working as an assistant coach with the New Zealand U20s at the U20 World Championship in Italy.

He returned to New Zealand for the funeral of his fellow former All Black Jerry Collins and met with Blues officials while back in the country.

If appointed then Umaga would replace Sir John Kirwan after the Blues finished 14th in Super Rugby in 2015, managing only three wins.