'We have got to get it right' - Tana Umaga desperate for success after getting another season with struggling Blues

Blues coach Tana Umaga has been granted another year in charge of the Blues after the Auckland Super Rugby franchise made the announcement today.

Umaga is in his third year of being at the helm for the Blues and admitted the results haven't been what he expected.

"This is a result-driven industry that we are in, let's not get away from that, I understand that totally," said Umaga.

The Blues have only won three of 11 Super Rugby matches so far this year and haven't reached the Super Rugby play-offs under Umaga.

"Our results haven't been where we want them you know, the challenge that has brought Leon (MacDonald) here that is the challenge that brought me here.

The former All Blacks fullback will link up with Tana Umaga next year to coach the Blues. Source: 1 NEWS

"I want to make sure that I live up to that challenge, I have got 12 months to show that I have that ability and take the club to where we want it.

"And there is some continuity if that changes, I know that there is some time if it goes right and then there is an opportunity for me to stick around, but we have got to get it right."

The Blues announced today that former All Blacks fullback Leon MacDonald will join Umaga next season as an assistant.

The Blues take on competition leaders and defending champs the Crusaders at Eden Park in Auckland this Saturday.

The Blues announced today that Umaga will stay on till the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season. Source: 1 NEWS


Tana Umaga to stay on as coach of the struggling Blues for another season after contract extended

Tana Umaga has extended his contract with the Blues, with the Auckland Super Rugby franchise announcing today that he will stay through to the end of the 2019 as head coach.

This year is the former All Blacks skipper's third season in charge,  with the Blues only managing to win three of 11 games so far this season.

"Changing coaches every cycle hasn't worked," Michael Redman said. Source: 1 NEWS

Blues chief executive Michael Redman said the board believes getting rid of Umaga is not the answer.

"The board believes there are positive improvements taking place at all levels at the club, and that Tana still has a contribution to make," said Redman.

"Changing head coach now would mean we throw out three years of hard-earned experience and starting again which we believe is the wrong thing to do.

"At the same time, the expected shifts in on-field performance are yet to be achieved and we are examining every aspect of team selection, preparation and support as our fans would expect"

Former All Blacks fullback Leon MacDonald has been confirmed as a new assistant for the Blues to help Umaga turn his side's fortunes around.

MacDonald is set to join the Blues after this year’s Mitre 10 Cup season, where he coaches the Tasman Makos.

"Changing coaches every cycle hasn't worked," Michael Redman said.
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Eden Park recognised at World Stadium Congress Awards for community integration

Eden Park has been honoured at the World Stadium Congress Awards for its representation of and amalgamation with both the local community and New Zealand culture.

The Auckland stadium won the Best Community Integration Award in Amsterdam earlier this month for its integration of the community and hosting of community events.

The stadium was recognised for a variety of community initiatives over the past 12 months, including Eden Park's supporters club, a photography exhibition and 'Mates on the Field' - a 100-year commemoration of The Battle of Broodseinde.

The photography exhibition, called 'Our Neighbourhood', has over 100 images captured by a local photographer which celebrates Eden Park’s community and passion for sport through the eyes of its team, supporters, local businesses and neighbourhood.

It is the largest permanent exhibition of its kind in a major sports stadium.

Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner says the award further highlights Eden Park's efforts to deliver events for the benefit of its immediate and wider community.

"Eden Park is for all of Auckland and New Zealand," he said.

"We are committed to working with our neighbourhood and local business associations to maximise the benefits for the country and community."

Eden Park has also been nominated as a finalist in two categories of the 2018 The Stadium Business Awards which will be presented in Manchester, United Kingdom in June.

Nick Sauntner says that Auckland's showpiece stadium is perfect for T20 cricket.
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