Foote announced as permanent Rebels head coach, Stiles signed as GM of Rugby

Tue, 29/06/2021, 10:03 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed Kevin Foote has been elevated to permanent head coach for 2022 and beyond.

Foote initially joined the club in 2018 as their defensive coach, stepping up as interim coach following the departure of Dave Wessels.

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“I’m very grateful for everyone at the Melbourne Rebels for giving me this great opportunity to lead a really special group of dedicated and determined young men," he said in a statement.

“We’ve got an exciting group of players, with some fantastic talent coming through, which will create good competition for spots amongst the current group.

“We’re developing a special culture within the club with the staff, the coaches and the playing group, and I’m excited to take that to the next level next season and give our loyal partners and beloved members and fans something to be proud of.”

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Ryan Martin has been confirmed as his deputy, signed on as the attacking coach for the next two years.

He replaces Shaun Berne, having made his name recently with the New England Free Jacks in North America’s Major League Rugby (MLR), following stints with Mitre 10’s Otago, the New Zealand Barbarians and the Asia Pacific Dragons in Global Rapid Rugby.

Along with this, the Rebels have revealed former Reds coach Nick Stiles will take over as General Manager of Rugby.

Stiles returns back to Australia after two years in Japan with Kintetsu Liners.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Melbourne Rebels during such a promising time for our Super Rugby club and the wider Victorian rugby community," he said.

“As we build towards season 2022, there’s a lot to be excited about, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and helping the club plan for sustained on-field, commercial and community success.”

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