Umaga uncertain about future plans
January 9, 2004

Tana Umaga is still uncertain where rugby will take him next.

After a World Cup that was ruined by injury he is still considering his future.

The 53 times capped All Blacks' contract with the NZRU ends this year but he has not decided if he wants to sign an extension to 2006.


'I've got no ill feeling towards them'
Neither has he said this year will be his last.


Umaga has admitted to feeling "pretty down at the time and not in the right frame of mind to make any decisions".

Umaga was injured in the first game of the World Cup but fought his way back to fitness only to be not considered match fit by the New Zealand coaching staff.

"The coaches made a decision and that's their call, he said to NZPA

"They could have picked a guy who was probably about 85 percent fit, or a guy who was 100 percent fit.

"They made a decision and that's life. I took it on the chin and I've got no ill feeling towards them."

Umaga's World Cup xperience was hard to take.

"When you have worked so hard for four years, and to come up short... The World Cup was a big part of my goals and to play only 21 minutes was very frustrating. It's why I needed the time out."

The Samoan All Black is looking forward to the coming season.

"I still have a year to run on my contract and I'm looking forward to playing in the Super 12. That's where my focus is at the moment."

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