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Former UCT coach Kevin Foote the new Melbourne Rebels boss

The Melbourne Rebels have named their new teaching workforce structure following the announcement final Friday from head coach Dave Wessels that he was standing down.

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Kevin Foote, at present assistant coach, will step into the function of interim head coach, commencing on Tuesday.



Foote has earlier head coach expertise in South Africa the place he led the UCT Ikeys to the 2011 Varsity Cup title and in Australia’s National Rugby Championship in Perth and has been with the Melbourne Rebels for 4 years.

Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson mentioned that Foote’s appointment would supply some continuity in the programme, while bringing some recent parts as properly.

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“Kevin is excited to have been given the opportunity to take on the interim head coach role and is looking forward to the Trans-Tasman series,” he instructed the Melbourne Rebels’ official website.

“He is properly revered and has an important relationship with the taking part in group and different employees.

“The board and management see this appointment as a natural progression in his time at the club and look forward to seeing him take on the new role with the high energy and professionalism that he is known for.”

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Foote will even proceed to guide the defence portfolio for the workforce and proceed his main function in tradition and management throughout the workforce.

Foote was honoured to be given the alternative to guide the workforce.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be offered the role of interim head coach for the remainder of the upcoming season,” he mentioned.

“I’ve large footwear to fill in following Dave’s departure and wish to thank him for all his assist, management and friendship over our years working collectively and stay up for constructing on the sturdy platform he has left at the membership.

“We have a big job ahead of ourselves with the Trans-Tasman series starting in just two weeks and I am excited to work with the team and our staff to ensure we are ready to go come our first game against the Blues.”

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In one other change, the Melbourne Rebels have additionally introduced that assistant coach Shaun Berne will not be persevering with in his function as assault coach and will probably be ending up forward of the Trans-Tasman sequence.

“Shaun is a great rugby man and we are forever grateful for his contribution to our club both on and off the field over the last four years,” mentioned Stephenson.

“During his time at the membership, he helped us attain our first finals, and was additionally referred to as into the Wallabies employees for the 2019 Rugby World Cup which was a terrific acknowledgement and reward for his expertise and onerous work at the Melbourne Rebels and all through his teaching career.

“We wish him all the best for his next challenge and thank him for his commitment to the Rebels.”

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With the departure of Berne and the assist of Rugby Australia, Wallabies teaching employees will probably be working intently with the Melbourne Rebels in a short-term capability.

Current Wallabies forwards coach and former British and Irish Lions and England participant Geoff Parling stays as forwards coach whereas the extremely skilled and regarded Will Markwick will proceed as head of efficiency driving all features of athletic efficiency.

The Melbourne Rebels will even be making some excessive profile participant retention signings in the subsequent few weeks.



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