Coach Namu names his team

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BOYS IN BLUE: The Manu Samoa team during the Independence celebration yesterday.

BOYS IN BLUE: The Manu Samoa team during the Independence celebration yesterday.

Former All Black and Warratahs coach Daryl Gibson has joined the Manu Samoa ranks as a Technical Advisor.

He is among a raft of changes announced by Head Coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia at the beginning of the week, as the Manu Samoa kicks into gear for their home test match against Georgia next Saturday. 

Gibson is joined by Richard Watt of the Hurricanes who is the new Assistant Coach as well as Grant Henson of Counties Manukau who has been recruited as the Manu Samoa’s new Set Piece coach.

Speaking about the changes, Namualuulu said he was excited about a new era for Manu Samoa. He said the arrival of quality coaches like Gibson, Watt and Henson will bring a new dimension to the Manu Samoa as they look to begin afresh after the disappointment of the last World Cup.

The coach also announced the decision to recruit Manu Samoa hardman, Kane Thompson as one of the Team’s analysts. Daniel Parks, an Australian is onboard as the Skills Coach. The team will be Managed by Brian Hoply.

Namulauulu insists this is a new Manu Samoa team and it is important to get off to a good start with a clear vision of what to achieve considering the huge expectations of the Samoan people and fans across the globe.

Namulauulu says most of the overseas based players are expected to be in Samoa by the end of the week when their club season ends.

The new look management:

• Namuluulu Alama Ieremia – Head Coach

• Darryl Gibson – Technical Advisor

• Richard Watt – Forwards Coach

• Grant Henson – Set Piece Coach

• Kane Thompson – Technical Advisor

• David Edgar – Strenth and Conditioning Coach

• Technical Advisor - Darryl Gibson is currently Head Coach at the N.S.W Warratahs. This is the first time that a head coach of a Super Rugby team has been named amongst the Manu Samoa coaching staff.

• Richard Watt is currently an assistant coach at the Hurricanes. He is renowned for his technical skill at the line out.

• Grant Henson works as the set piece coach at Counties Manukau and was one of very few players to represent Counties in over 100 games of NPC.

• Ex Manu Samoa representative Kane Williams comes into the coaching arena as technical advisor.

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