Coleman called to lead Rebels

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Rebels coach Dave Wessels has named his captain, with Adam Coleman set to lead the club in 2018.

The star lock has long been a spiritual leader on field for both the Force and Wallabies but this is his first official captaincy nod and he faces an enormous task.

The Rebels of 2018 are, essentially, two clubs coming together as one.

The large majority of Force players have followed Wessels to Melbourne - Coleman included - and that has already caused some minor tension within the playing group.

It will be Coleman's job to bring the two groups together to play for one cause.Melbourne's new captains smile for the camera. Photo: Melbourne Rebels Media"It’s a privilege to be named Rebels captain and I’m grateful to Dave and the team for giving me the opportunity,” Coleman said.

"This is an exciting time at our club and our goal is to make the people of Melbourne proud.

"We know we have a have a lot of work to do but everyone is really getting on-board and committing to it."

Wessels said he had watched the star lock grow in stature before his eyes.

"I’ve seen Adam grow over the last couple of years into a genuine world-class lock and leader," Wessels said.Coleman will take control in Melbourne. Photo: Walmsley"He’s a very driven guy and a tough competitor.

"But most of all he wants to win and is prepared to work hard to achieve it.

"He should be very proud of the leader he’s become."

Wessels has also named Tom English as Coleman's deputy.

"Tom has been with our club a long time," Wessels said.

"The history, community and people behind the club are important to him and he’s already leading us by setting performance standards, behaviours and values to help deliver success to the Rebels and Victorians."

Melbourne have also named their SuperW captain, Jayne Kareroa earning the chance to lead the team in its inaugural season.