Kevin Foote will take over as interim head coach of the Melbourne Rebels for the trans-Tasman Super Rugby season to replace Dave Wessels.
The rebels released a statement on Tuesday announcing that Foote would be elevated from his role as assistant coach.
Wessels stepped down as head coach last week after the Rebels finished the AU Super Rugby playoffs with a record three wins and five losses.
Melbourne will host the Blues on May 15 in the two clubs’ first game of the new trans-Tasman tournament.
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“It is a great honor and a privilege,” said Foote.
“I have great shoes to fill after Dave leaves and I want to thank him for all of his support, leadership and friendship over our years of working together and I look forward to building on the solid platform. form he left at the club.
“We have a big job ahead of us with the Trans-Tasman series starting in just two weeks and I’m delighted to be working with the team and our staff to make sure we’re ready for our first game against the Blues.”
Born in South Africa, Foote, who has been at the club for three seasons, will retain his duties as defense coach.
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“He is well respected and has a great relationship with the playgroup and other staff,” said Rebels general manager Baden Stephenson.
“The board and management see this appointment as a natural progression of his time at the club and look forward to seeing him take on this new role with the great energy and professionalism for which he is known.”
National team coaches will also work with the Rebels for the remainder of the season following Shaun Berne’s departure as attacking coach.
“Shaun is a great rugby player and we are eternally grateful for his contribution to our club on and off the pitch over the past four years,” said Stephenson.
While at the club he helped us reach our first finals, and was also called up to the Wallabies staff for the 2019 Rugby World Cup which was a tremendous recognition and reward for his experience and hard work. to the Melbourne Rebels and throughout his coaching career.
“We wish him the best for his next challenge and thank him for his commitment to the Rebels.”
Former England lock Geoff Parling remains the attacking coach while Will Markwick will continue to lead the performance.
The Rebels have also said they will make “high profile signings for player retention in the coming weeks” with five-eighth Matt To’omua set to sign again.
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