Former All Black named as Samoan head coach

  • 23/12/2015
Alama Ieremia (PhotoSport)
Alama Ieremia (PhotoSport)

Former All Black Alama Ieremia has been appointed head coach of Samoa after serving as an assistant in their disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign.

Ieremia, 45, replaces Stephen Betham, who resigned after the Samoans failed to advance through pool play. They beat the United States but suffered losses to South Africa, Japan and Scotland, plunging to a record-low 15th in the world rankings.

Ieremia's promotion was recommended by a five-man appointment panel headed by former All Blacks captain Graham Mourie.

The former All Blacks centre has held assistant coaching roles at club level in Japan and was second in command in the Hurricanes during Mark Hammett's tenure at the Super Rugby outfit.

Ieremia will also work as the Samoa Rugby Union's director of coaching and will oversee the coaching of all its national teams.

The length of his contract is still to be confirmed.