Umaga targets Test coaching role

Date published: January 17 2016

Tana Umaga is getting ready for his first season as a head coach in Super Rugby, but he already knows he wants to coach at a higher level.

A former New Zealand captain, Umaga hopes to one day coach the All Blacks or another international side but knows that his chances of doing so will be damaged if he can't be turn his time with the Blues into a success.

Umaga has taken over after a dismal 2015 campaign for the Blues and is relishing the challenge ahead after waiting for this opportunity to come along.

"If you reach these heights early then where do you go to? I wanted to test some of my ideas and knowledge so if I was making mistakes it wasn't in such a high-pressure situation like this," Umaga told Stuff. 

"I want to test myself in the toughest environments and there's nothing tougher than Super Rugby.

"What I've learnt as a head coach is you have to stamp your mark; show what you are about. I'm also collaborative with the other coaches because they've been waiting for the same opportunity I have.

"I just get the say in the end if I think it's going to work or not… or I get the chop at the end if it doesn't work.

"At some stage I'd love to coach internationally. You want to coach the best so that's the All Blacks.

"A lot of things come into that; timing, how successful you are and at this stage I've got a bit to do before that comes into the equation."