17 Dec 2008

Umaga bucking up is ideas says club president

6:37 pm on 17 December 2008

The Former All Blacks skipper now Toulon coach Tana Umaga is all the better for the input of South Africa's World Cup-winning coach Jake White according the president of the struggling French club.

White had been hired for just under a week by Mourad Boudjellal to see if he could point out the problems that have seen Toulon make a less than impressive return to the championship and has them lying third from bottom after 12 matches.

Boudjellal says one of the benefits of hiring White had been to buck up Umaga.

He says Umaga seems to have taken on board the observations of White and has been much more involved in recent days and is taking charge of the group.

White also recommended that the playing staff be vastly reduced from 50 as it it was far too many and hindered the quality of the squad.

He also says the club infrastructure isn't up to scratch.