Climbing the rugby league coach ladder

A Queenstowner’s involvement with the Otago women’s rugby league has led to a gig with the South Island team this past weekend.

Teaukura Moetaua (pictured), who has had a long history with the sport, including a stint as Southland president, recently coached the Otago team, in Dunedin, at the first South Island women’s tournament.

He returned to Dunedin as an assistant coach for the South Island women’s team, who played New Zealand Universities on Sunday.

Moetaua, who’s also taken Otago boys’ age-group teams, and Wakatipu High boys, also coached the Otago women’s 9s team last season.

‘‘I wouldn’t mind carrying on with the women’s game because it is growing, and it’s a big growing part of the game,’’ Moetaua says.

‘‘Hopefully next year we can carry on coaching Otago and then, one day, South Island head coach, and then, you never know, down the track, maybe NZ.’’

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