Former Saint Lance Hohaia lands coaching role at Austin Armadillo in US

Former Saints half back Lance Hohaia has joined the North American Rugby League competition in a coaching capacity.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 3:55 pm
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 3:56 pm
Lance Hohaia. Picture: SWPix

The 38-year-old New Zealand international half back will be in charge of Austin Armadillos and is already whipping his players into shape ahead of the new season

A spokesperson for the league said: "We have introduced a top level coach to our competition which any team would be lucky to have on the sidelines

“Lance has shown to be a proven champion, winning the Super League championship at St Helens and bringing home the World Cup in 2008 as he represented his country, New Zealand.''

The Kiwi made 81 appearances for St Helens between 2012- 2015 and scored 22 tries, but unfortunately is best remembered as the victim of a horrendous incident in the opening couple of minutes of the 2014 Grand Final which resulted in Wigan's Ben Flower becoming the first player to be sent off in the showpiece of the season and subsequently handed a six month ban.

Twice he punched Hohaia in the face, including once while the half back was lying on the ground already unconscious from the first punch.

It is something Flower admits that every single day he regrets his brutal attack and subsequently apologised to his opponent.