Lezignan prop Sam Moa has made a surprise return to Catalans Dragons – but its not in a playing capacity.
The former New Zealand and Tonga international is back at the Dragons one year after having left the club and retired from full-time rugby.
Sam Moa has most recently been playing for Lezignan in the French Elite Championship as a player and assistant coach. He will now return to Super League Grand Finalists Catalans to be an assistant coach to Steve McNamara.
On his return, Moa said: “I have spent the past year with Lezignan and I have a greater appreciation for what rugby 13 means to the people of this region of France.
“I am very grateful for my time as a player and assistant coach with Lezignan where I have gained some valuable experience.
“I look forward to working alongside Steve McNamara, Thomas Bosc and the staff at the Dragons as a collective in order to help the team and the club take the necessary steps to fulfilling its huge potential.”
Moa spent four seasons as a player with the Dragons, winning the Challenge Cup at Wembley in 2018. He made 90 appearances for the Dragons.
Steve McNamara delighted to welcome Sam Moa back to Catalans
Catalans coach McNamara said: “We are delighted that Sam has rejoined the Dragons as an assistant coach.
“He has great knowledge in the specific areas I want him to work with a great personality and energy to match. He will be an outstanding addition to our staff.”
Moa made more than 250 appearances during his playing career for Cronulla Sharks, Hull, Sydney Roosters, Catalans and Lezignan.
The 35-year-old won 10 caps for Tonga and nine for New Zealand. He played in the 2008 and 2017 World Cups for Tonga. Moa was a World Cup finalist with New Zealand in 2013.