Coaches

11 Feb 2015
  • Tana Umaga - Head Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2016
    Other Coaching Roles: RC Toulonnais, Counties Manukau Steelers, Chiefs development team
    Born in Wellington, Tana Umaga played rugby as a child until turning to league as a teenager in Wainuiomata and graduating to the Junior Kiwis team for two years before trying his hand across the Tasman.

    He returned to New Zealand and rugby as a 20-year-old, and his rise became rapid. A year later he was selected for Wellington where he would become a centurion, a feat he also achieved in his career with the Hurricanes which included three years as captain.

    Umaga gained his first All Black cap in 1997 and became a regular Test player from 1999. He would go on to earn 74 international caps and was captain for two years with an excellent record including winning 19 of 21 games in 2004, the 2005 Grand Slam and a clean sweep of the British and Irish Lions.

    Umaga moved to France to become coach of RC Toulonnais for three years and then reverting to player-coach before heading back to New Zealand as player/assistant coach and then head coach of Counties Manukau. In that time he took the Steelers to the ITM Premiership and also their first ever successful challenge for the Ranfurly Shield in 2013 which they held for six defences through to 2014.

    He has been part of Chiefs coaching establishment, guiding the development team, and this year was assistant coach of the New Zealand U20 team.

    Umaga was awarded the Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for New Zealand Player of the Year in 2000, an Officer of the New Zealand order of Merit in 2006 for his services to rugby and the Pierre de Coubertin medal from the Council of the International Fair Play Committee for outstanding sportsmanship.
  • Alistair Rogers - Assistant Coach - Defence

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2016
    Other Coaching Roles: Director of Rugby, Ballina Rugby Club, Ireland (2003-2004); SPOT Defence Coach, Honda Motor Company, Japan (2013-2015); Assist Defence Coach, Hurricanes (2013-2014); All Blacks Performance Analyst (2008-2015)

    Welsh-born Rogers was a flanker for Aberavon, Neath and Ebbw Vale before heading to New Zealand in 1999 to play for Wellington club side Suburbs.

    He returned to UK where he spent a year coaching in Ireland, but wanted to return to New Zealand, mixing his love of rugby with his IT profession. That developed into a role with Wellington and the Hurricanes in 2006 as a video analyst and the following year to the All Blacks where he has been since 2008 in the key role of performance analyst interpreting the video footage of training and matches with a focus on defence.

    Rogers augmented this with coaching work in Japan and Wellington and now believes the time is right to move to a full-time defence coaching role. 

  • Paul Feeney - Assistant Coach - Skills/Backs

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2016
    Other Coaching Roles: Auckland Rugby Head Coach 2014-2015, Auckland Sevens 2013-2014, Auckland Rugby Assistant Coach 2011-2013, Bay of Plenty assistant 2010-11, Poverty Bay 2006-08
    Former North Harbour representative player Paul Feeney brings a wealth of experience to the coaching group at the Blues. He’s coached in New Zealand, Japan and Fiji, where he helped the national team win the World Cup Sevens in 2005.

    Feeney worked with the Auckland Rugby team from 2011 to 2015, starting out as Assistant Coach before becoming Head Coach in 2014. He also coached the Auckland Sevens team for two seasons from 2013 to 2014.
  • Glenn Moore - Assistant Coach - Forwards/Contact

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2015
    Other Coaching Roles: North Otago Head Coach 2000-05, NZ Divisional XV Coach 2003-05, Otago Assistant Coach 2006-07, Highlanders Head Coach 2008-10, North Otago Technical Advisor 2011-12, Mid Canterbury Head Coach 2013-14, Blues Assistant Coach Forwards/Contact 2015

    Former loose forward in Mid-Canterbury before starting his coaching career with North Otago, over-lapping with three years coaching the NZ Divisional XV.

    He moved to Otago and the Highlanders as defensive coach before becoming head coach, bringing the likes of Ben Smith and Adam Thomson into the environment.

    After three years with the Highlanders he moved back to North Otago before taking up the role as coach of Mid-Canterbury, guiding them to the Heartland Championship in 2013.

  • Nick White - Set Piece Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2009
    Other Coaching Roles: Blues Skills Coach 2009, Auckland Scrum Coach 2009-12, Auckland ITM Cup Assistant Coach 2012-present, Blues Development Team Coach 2010-12, NZRU Resource Coach for NZU20s 2010-present, Blues Set Piece Coach 2009-15

    White began his coaching career as skills coach for the Blues in 2009 and joined the Blues as scrum coach in 2013. The former prop for the Blues, Crusaders and Highlanders as well as Northland and Auckland ended his career due to injury in 2008. Coaching relationships with the Blues, Auckland and New Zealand Under-20s. 

  • Kylie Wilson - Mental Skills Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2016
    Other Coaching Roles: NZ U20s Mental Skills Coach 2015, Auckland Rugby Mental Skills Coach 2014-2015, Wales Women Under-19, Wales Women A, UWIC Women’s Rugby
    Our Mental Skills Coach, Kylie Wilson, joins the Blues coaching group after working with the NZ U20s in 2015 and Auckland Rugby team from 2014-2015.

    Wilson was a sport and exercise psychology lecturer at UWIC in Cardiff, Wales for four years. It was here that she coached the women’s rugby team and earned more than 50 caps for the Welsh Women’s Rugby team.

    Wilson also coached the Wales A and Women’s Under-19 Women’s Rugby teams. She has a PhD in Sports Psychology from Bangor University and has been working with High Performance Sport NZ since 2010 as a Mental Skills Consultant.