Tana Umaga’s immediate coaching future at French club side Toulon looks secure despite his 10-day ban for entering the field of play and abusing a match official.
Umaga was slapped with the ban over the weekend, one of 12 Pro D2 suspensions handed out by French rugby authorities.
Neil Reid reports for Xtra Sport that the former All Black captain’s indiscretion saw some question his future at the cashed-up French club.
That included the theory that former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer, who guided the franchise to last year’s Super 14 crown, was being ear-marked as Umaga’s replacement.
But Meyer has confirmed his immediate future was in his native South Africa, and in the business and not coaching arena.
He accepted a role with USN Sport Supplements after missing out on the Springbok coaching job.
“I have to make it clear, I am very happy at USN,” he said.
“I have a vision for the company and I am not the type of person that gets out halfway through the process.”
Three of the suspensions handed out in France followed positive drugs tests for cannabis use.
The other nine followed wild fights in clashes between Toulon and Paul and Agen and Mont-de-Marsan.
Toulon’s Mafileo Kefu was sidelined for 60 days following the use of his knee.
Former All Black prop Saimone Taumoepeau and Toulon team-mate Philip Fitzgerald were banned for 30 days each.
Umaga entered the field in a bid to quell the on-field violence.
But when told to leave the field, he refused before having words with the referee.Tweet