Parling joins Rebels' coaching ranks

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Geoff Parling will be coaching Melbourne's lineout rather than running it in 2019, joining the Rebels' coaching staff for the year ahead.

The former British and Irish Lion joined the club as a player this season but always intended on joining the coaching ranks when the time came to hang the boots up.

His coaching career begins now as Dave Wessels' lineout man and that's a prospect which excites the Rebels boss.

"I’ve been fortunate to have worked with most of this coaching group for a few seasons now and in that time we’ve built up a really good working rapport and honest relationship,” said Wessels.

"Our goal is to build a world-class Rugby program. To do that we need committed, knowledgeable staff who are prepared to work as hard as we expect the players to.

"Both Nic (Henderson) and Geoff (Parling) have played Rugby at the highest level and will add greater specialisation to our coaching group to help us best support our players to become the best version of themselves.

"Nic has done such a great job developing himself as a coach in recent years and he has a great connection with his students.

"Geoff is newer to coaching, but he has the maturity and smarts to provide technical insight as well as the experience of winning cultures."

Rebels foundation player Nic Henderson will also join Wessels' staff as a scrum consultant.

"Both of Nic and Geoff have been around the Club for a while now and they understand the high standards we have set for ourselves," Wessels said.

"They are well respected by the playing group and at the same time are known to be tough taskmasters.

"When the group re-assembles for pre-season, it won’t take long for the players to feel the increased intensity we are going to bring."

Henderson will continue his role as manager of the Rugby Victoria-Rebels pathway but there is some more movement in the front office.

Todd Louden will rejoin the club as coaching coordinator.

"The coaching group we have assembled are constantly striving to develop themselves professionally. We want to evolve as coaches and to provide a world class environment for our players to develop," Wessels said.

"That’s the environment and culture we’re working hard to establish here.

"That’s the environment we need to foster to be Super Rugby champions."