Tawa’s coaches re­vamped

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Tawa’s award­win­ning rugby coach­ing team – in­clud­ing Wellington club coach of the year Steve So’oialo – is no more.

The four men who helped the club win the Ju­bilee Cup and Swin­dale Shield have ei­ther stepped back or pulled out.

So’oialo will move into a fit­ness trainer’s role; Matthew Boyd will coach the Tawa Col­lege first XV; Steve Bur­ridge will take a year out; and club coach­ing co-or­di­na­tor Dion Waller will not be as in­volved in hands-on coach­ing.

The new coach will be 2013 sec­ond team coach Lo­gan Ili, as­sisted by Katsu Takeuchi, who has moved from Wests.

Tawa chair­man Dave Banks said the coach­ing staff would not all be new.

‘‘Dion will still be at the club and Steve, we’ll still have him there do­ing the fit­ness train­ing, so there is some con­ti­nu­ity,’’ he said.

‘‘At the end of the day, Steve had done four years and done a fan­tas­tic job and now he wants to go coach his boy.

‘‘Boydy is go­ing back to coach Tawa Col­lege, which is good for the club.

‘‘We have a re­ally strong play­ing group, so I think we’ll go well.

‘‘Lo­gan coached the se­nior firsts this year and was pretty awe­some.’’

Dion Waller

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