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Interim League board ended Kristian Woolf’s tenure as head coach of MMT yesterday

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/09/2019

The Interim Rugby League Board yesterday revealed in a press release – that they have ended Kristian Woolf’s tenure as head coach for Mate Ma’a Tonga yesterday the 5th of September.

In the press release – the board stated, that the decision was not taken lightly but in the best interests of the game and best interests of Tonga National rugby league they had to make a decision with the view to the future.

It also stated that with the results not being favourable to Tonga in 2018 and 2019, the Board after consultation with interested third parties, decided that action had to be taken, in view of building toward the World Cup in England in 2021.

However, before the board made the move – Radio Tonga News received reliable information – from an email send by the Secretary of the Interim Board last week end – demanding Woolf for a response to issue raised by the board – before they make a decision.

The issues included a letter disseminated that stated player’s dissatisfaction over the interim board’s operation. In the email – the secretary asked Woolf about his involvement in drafting the letter denying that it was the players that drafted the letter.

Woolf replied and said The letter was from the players and he believes that the secretary has under estimated the player’s intelligence and strength of character. Woolf said, the boys are strong men who have represented Tonga exceptionally and made a lot of sacrifices.

However, with the changing of the coaching staff the interim board introduced Garth Brennan as Mate ma’a Tonga’s head Coach for the World 9. Garth will take charge of the Mate Ma’a Tonga team for the remaining games this year, to be assisted by Duane Mann, a former Captain of the Kiwis (1994), a former Captain of Tonga (1995 and 2000) and NRL player at the NZ Warriors (1995).

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