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Umaga to coach Counties-Manukau

Updated: December 21, 2011, 19:12

WELLINGTON, New Zealand(AP) Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been appointed head coach of New Zealand's Counties-Manukau province.

The 38-year-old Umaga, who captained New Zealand in 21 of his 74 tests, gained coaching experience while with the French club Toulon and was a player and assistant-coach with Counties last season.

He takes over from Milton Haig who, with fellow New Zealander Chris Gibbes, has been appointed co-coach of the Georgia national team.

Umaga said "this is a region full of talent and I am looking forward to capturing that talent, enhancing and retaining it, while building on the good work with the players that we have already done.''

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