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Blues to change Super Rugby coaching staff

Tana Umaga and Alistair Rogers

The Auckland based Blues will have a different coaching panel next year in the 2017 Super Rugby season as two assistants are moving on.

Blues assistant coaches Paul Feeney and Glenn Moore have decided to move on and will not be seeking re-appointment under head coach Tana Umaga.

Feeney says that while he feels coaching at Super Rugby level was an invaluable stepping stone in his career he wants a change.

“I intend to seek a more hands on coaching position. And believe I now have the skills and ability to succeed in that sort of role,” Feeney told Newshub .

Feeney said that he was looking at a coaching options in rugby.

Meanwhile current Black Ferns Moore has served his two year term with the Blues and has decided to spend more time pursuing his other rugby and private business interests.

Head coach Umaga said that he appreciates the hard work and coaching input from both Feeney and Moore and into the new coaching group at the Blues.

“After a year in this position and in light of these changes, we are taking the opportunity to review our coaching structure for the future,” Umaga said.

The Blues will retain assistatnt coach Alistair Rogers for the 2017 and the new coaching structure will be announced by the end of October.