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Rugby Great & All Black Captain Tana Umaga is a BJJ Purple Belt

Rugby Great & All Black Captain Tana Umaga is a BJJ Purple Belt

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 BJJ purple belt and has even competed in New Zealand!
Umaga is not the only rugby star that trains BJJ:

Australian Rugby Superstar David Pocock Crosstraining BJJ

 

Kron Gracie Teaches Jiu-Jitsu To Professional Rugby Players In Australia

Tana at the Andre Galvao and Josh Hinger seminar:

Tana in a BJJ competition as a white belt:

From Tana’s instagram: