P.M. says coach made right decision

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. (Photo: File)

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says the outgoing Manu Samoa rugby coach made the right decision to resign.

Namulauulu Alama Ieremia quit at the weekend, after the Manu lost their opening four tests of the year and fell short of automatic qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The former All Blacks and Manu Samoa centre managed only two wins from his ten internationals at the helm, against Tonga and Canada in 2016.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Tuilaepa said Ieremia's tenure did not bring the expected results and his successor must be "a coach that will win us games".

"I do not really know whether he has reached his depth," said Tuilaepa.

"He has had quite some time now with us and the results have not been favourable so perhaps he will need some time to think about his future too and save us the trouble of having to make a choice whether to have him continue or not."

Tuilaepa said the S.R.U will now go through the normal process to advertise for a successor and said there was plenty of time to fill the position prior to the end of year tour.

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