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Manu Samoa coach announced as new coach of Shimizu Blue Sharks

Manu Samoa Coach, Vaeluagaomatagi Steve Jackson, has been appointed the head coach of Japanese side, Shimizu Blue Sharks, for 2020.

The appointment was confirmed in a press release issued by the Club.

The second-tier Top Challenge League side finished bottom of the table in the 2019-20 season, which concluded in January.

Vaeluagaomatagi said he is honoured by the appointment.

“The company, players and management staff are passionate and hopeful for the club's future team development,” he is quoted as saying.

“The staff and players are highly motivated and look forward to working with me on the next stage. We strive to ensure that the team performs at its best. I am looking forward to this new journey with my family.”

Where this appointment leaves Vaeluaga's role with the Manu Samoa and SRU remains unknown. 

The SRU had initiated a review of the Manu Samoa's World Cup performance last year and the results have yet to be officially announced.

In Vaeluagaomatagi’s year at the helm of Manu Samoa, his team won just three of their 11 test matches, and finished fourth in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with one win and three losses.

The Blue Sharks, who are based in Tokyo and represent architectural and engineering firm Shimizu Corporation, had former All Black Luke McAlister at first-five for the 2019-20 season.

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