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Tiatia named new Sunwolves Super Rugby coach




Japan based Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves have confirmed that Filo Tiatia has been appointed as the team’s head coach for two Super Rugby seasons.

New Zealander Tiatia was former head coach Mark Hammett’s assistant coach in charge of the forwards in their debut season..

The Wellington born two cap former All Black is well versed in Japanese Rugby and culture having played and coach Toyota-Verblitz between 2002-2006 during which time he played 57 matches for the side.

Tiatia was also an assistant coach with the Ospreys (who he also played for) and the Japan national side and has built a good reputation for his coaching skills and development of players in wide age grade.

“We are very pleased for having Filo Tiatia as a Head Coach of HITO-Communcations Sunwolves for the next season,” said Representative Director of Japan SR Association Yoshitaka Tashiro.

“There is no doubt that he has more than enough experiences not only as a player such as playing All Blacks, but also as a coach at the international level for a long time. We expect that the experience he had the last season as a FW coach in Sunwolves will bring a great dynamics to the team in this coming season to strengthen the team further.

“We all believe that having Filo Tiatia as a Head Coach of Sunwolves will be the successful start for promising second season. ”

Tiatia himself said that he was, “very excited to become the Head Coach of Sunwolves from 2017 season and it is honored to take over what Mark Hammet, a great leader and Head Coach built in our first season. Next season is going to be a continuous process from the first season but also we have to face new challenges and improve some areas further. ”

“I am looking forward to working with many of the players and staffs I worked with in the 2016 season.

” Sunwolves is a young franchise and need to get over lots of challenges. To the Sunwolves fans, that would be great if we could get your continuous supports as you did in 2016 season. Look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Newly appointed Japan head coach Jamie Joseph also gave Tiatia his backing as Sunwolves head coach.

“It’s great having Filo Tiatia join Sunwolves again in Japan. His leadership will be crucial as the Sunwolves embark on their 2nd season. His experience with players gives him huge understanding of the challenges that lay ahead and I can’t wait to help Filo and the rest of the team develop in 2017.”

“I hope we can get supports from all of the Japan Rugby and Sunwolves fans for our new challenge with Filo from the next season.

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