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Stephen Jones: “I’m excited to affix and I’m trying ahead to the brand new challenges of Tremendous Rugby. I’m excited to convey my perspective to the fashion of rugby performed within the Pacific”; Moana Pasifika are a facet made up of gamers from numerous Pacific Island nations and backgrounds

Final Up to date: 07/11/23 10:21am

Former Wales fly-half and coach Stephen Jones has landed a shock teaching position at Moana Pasifika

Former Wales fly-half and assistant coach Stephen Jones has landed a training position with Tremendous Rugby facet Moana Pasifika.

Jones gained 104 caps, labored with Wales below Warren Gatland on the 2019 Rugby World Cup and was then a part of Wayne Pivac’s staff earlier than departing when Gatland returned for a second stint as Wales boss in December 2022.

The 45-year-old will take up a publish of backs coach on the Auckland-based franchise.

Moana Pasifika are a facet made up of gamers from numerous Pacific Island nations in addition to New Zealand or Australian-born gamers of Pasifika heritage, together with Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook dinner Islands.

“I’m excited to affix this organisation, and I’m trying ahead to the brand new challenges of the Tremendous Rugby Pacific competitors,” Jones instructed the Moana Pasifika web site.

“I’m excited to convey my perspective to the fashion of rugby performed within the Pacific and the southern hemisphere and assist the subsequent crop of Pasifika expertise flourish.”

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Of the appointment, former All Black and present Moana Pasifika head coach Tana Umaga stated: “He brings a unique fashion of thought course of to us in addition to the required skillset for our assault and kicking technique.

“He’ll additionally have the ability to develop our first five-eighths and sport drivers which is essential for not solely Moana Pasifika however Samoa and Tonga as nicely.”

Tom Coventry, a three-time Tremendous Rugby title holder with the Blues and the Chiefs, has been named as the brand new Moana Pasifika forwards coach.

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