Glenn Moore quits as New Zealand head coach amid damning allegations


New Zealand women’s rugby head coach Glenn Moore has resigned from his post amid allegations he caused a player a mental breakdown.

Moore guided the Black Ferns to the 2022 World Cup but will not oversee their campaign following a damning review of the behavior of the team’s management.

The review came after veteran prostitute Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate alleged that Moore’s critical comments caused her a nervous breakdown.

Black Ferns head coach Glenn Moore speaks to members of the Wellington Girls’ College rugby team during the New Zealand Black Ferns media announcement at Wellington Girls’ College. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Ngata-Aerengamate claimed Moore told her the only reason she was cast was to “play guitar”.

Moore denied the allegations saying: ‘(At Ngata-Aerengamate social media post) provided no context and unfairly and inaccurately portrayed me as a coach and as a person.

“My values ​​and beliefs were challenged, and it was very disappointing not only for me but also for my family.”

Te Kuru Ngata-Aerengamate of New Zealand leads the Haka ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Final between England and New Zealand on August 26, 2017 in Belfast, United Kingdom. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

The review also contained allegations of body shaming and other issues by Black Ferns players.

Speaking about his decision to step down, he said: ‘The decision to step down from a position I am passionate about around six months before the 2022 Women’s Rugby World Cup was very difficult for me and my family.

Moore, who has held the position since 2015, underscored his belief that the review is ‘divert the team’s attention from improving his performance on the pitch, but he noted his concern for his former player’s well-being.

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New Zealand head coach Glenn Moore reacts during the 1st Autumn International match between France and New Zealand at Stade du Hameau on November 13, 2021 in Pau, France. Photo: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

I have refrained from making any public comments on this so far out of concern for Te Kura’s well-being at the time she posted her post and to allow the review process to complete.

Speaking of Moore’s decision, NZ Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson said: “We understand and respect Glenn’s decision to step down and it is a mark of his character that he has chosen to prioritize to the team at this difficult time.”

New Zealand is due to host the Women’s World Cup later this year.


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