Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kefu Switches Focus to Tonga Toutai Changes Focus to Tonga

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kefu Switches Focus to Tonga Toutai Changes Focus to Tonga

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Byline: STEELE TAYLOR steele.taylor@scnews.com.au

RUGBY UNION: Sunshine Coast Rugby Union chairman Glenn Ferguson confirmed yesterday the club won't see Toutai Kefu for the rest of the season.

The former Wallaby, who coached the Stingrays to last year's Queensland Premier Rugby final, has left his hands-on role here to fulfil his position as assistant coach to Tonga during its World Cup campaign.

aWith those World Cup commitments, I think his ability to be anything other than a sounding board (for the Stingrays) is going to be very difficult,a Ferguson said.

aTechnically he is still the head coach.

aHe's still in contact with them (Stingrays) all the time and they're all talking about the games,a Ferguson said.

But it is Brett Picone who is calling the shots for the team at Stockland Park.

Picone, a former Nudgee College coach, who is involved in sports management and has several rugby contacts in Japan, has been directing the Rays in recent weeks and has been ably assisted by Darryl Rankin.

There are six games remaining this campaign and the club is keeping its options open for next year. …

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