Rugby: Reports advise Tiatia to get Sunwolves gig

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16:55 8 Sep 2016

By Rich Freeman
TOKYO, Sept. 8, Kyodo

Media reports in Japan on Thursday suggested Filo Tiatia will be a new Sunwolves coach.

The 45-year-old former All Black was an partner manager underneath Mark Hammett and has copiousness of knowledge in Japan carrying played for and coached Toyota Verblitz.

However, Kyodo News was incompetent to determine a reports, with Tiatia not responding to a content message, and a Sunwolves replying “What we could answer is that this is not a central information.”

Last year a Sunwolves did not name a singular member of a coaching staff or personification register until Dec. 21, usually dual months before they played their initial ever Super Rugby game.

The usually thing certain about subsequent year’s patrol is Hammett will not be in assign (as he will be an partner during a Highlanders) and Tusi Pisi will not be wearing No. 10 as he has changed to England to play for Bristol.

A source tighten to a group certified he was “surprised” by a reports.

However, it is accepted that new Brave Blossoms manager Jamie Joseph — who will also manage all aspects of Japanese rugby — told a Japan Rugby Football Union that Tiatia would be a good fit and someone he could work with.

Rumors had been present that Ben Ryan — who led Fiji to bullion during a Rio Olympics — was one of those being chased for a Sunwolves job.

But it would seem a JRFU have opted for a attempted and tested in a wish that some form of fortitude in a coaching ranks will have a knock-on outcome on a players, some of whom have already been tempted to pierce to other franchises.

The JRFU have pronounced they would like Japan’s tip players to play for a Sunwolves.

However, Hendrik Tui and Amanaki Lelei Mafi will fit adult for a Reds and Rebels, respectively, subsequent season, Ayumu Goromaru has sealed for Toulon, and it is accepted a integrate of other big-name players are set to impugn a Sunwolves and play for overseas-based teams.


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