One of the toughest sports in the world is indubitably Rugby.
Rugby great Tana Umaga is the former captain of the New Zealand national Rugby team, the All Blacks.
Graham Henry named him as All Blacks captain in 2004; under his leadership the All Blacks won 19 of their 21 games including the clean sweep of the British and Irish Lions and the Grand Slam in 2005. At the end of 2005, after 74 Test caps (where he scored 36 tries), Umaga retired from international rugby.
He officially retired as a player at the end of 2011 ITM cup season.
Since then, his new love has been Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! He is currently a 2 stripe blue belt and has even competed in New Zealand!
Umaga is not the only rugby star that trains BJJ:
This weekend Umaga was present at the Dave Camarillo seminar at Oliver MMA in Auckland.
Tana in a BJJ competition as a white belt:
From Tana’s instagram:
Been a good weekend with good people learning and catching up!! Thank you to @nzfightandfitness @thomaskaan for looking after me and the opportunity to meet and learn from @roylergracie! Then catching up with my old mate @keesmeeuws was the icing on the cake…….that he's had a few of!!????Love you bro!!….Awesome place to learn too! #I'llbeback #Pressurecity #Notflexible!!