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With the arrival of Jonah Lomu back on the All Black scene, coupled with a loss of confidence and subsequently a drop in form, Umaga would not pull on the "jersey" again until the '99 season. Regular outside-backs Lomu, Wilson and Cullen were blocking Tana's reentry into the starting lineup, so 1996-99 All Black coach John Hart devised a way in which all the players could turn out in one game; by moving pivotal Fullback Christian Cullen into the midfield.
It would turn out to be a dreadful decision by the All Black management and is considered the main reason for the downfall of the team at the gut-wrenching 1999 Rugby World Cup.
He was released from his contract in 2003 and worked in Japan.
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Tana's second year in the Hurricanes jumper was to be his best yet, he scored a New Zealand record 12 tries and earned his first call up to the national team at the expense of Jonah Lomu who had fallen ill. Despite scoring a try, Umaga's debut would not be remembered for his heroics and the beginning of an era, but the loss of one of New Zealand rugby's greatest ever players, Michael Jones.With a confident new coach in Wayne Smith, the All Blacks of the new millennium wanted to forget their World cup woes and reclaim the pride that was once instilled in the black jersey.Tana Umaga was one of several players wishing to make a step up in their careers, his goal was to become the regular centre in the All Black lineup.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 & 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.
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