Foley named new Force coach

Wed, 01 Aug 08:17:59 2012

Western Force have appointed Michael Foley as their new Super Rugby coach on a three-year deal.

The former NSW Waratahs assistant and then head coach will move west, taking over from Richard Graham, who resigned in April, and Phil Blake, who subsequently served as caretaker coach.

The 45-year-old Foley, who represented Australia as a player at two World Cups, said he was anticipating an exciting future for the club that finished second-last overall in the 2012 season, and bottom of the Australian conference with just three wins from 18.

"This is an important period for the club and while we're not looking to start from scratch, we're looking to relaunch the team," he said. "There's no doubt the club has had a few setbacks in recent times but there are many people at the club, both on and off the field, that are very determined to see the Force successful.

"While my expectations are realistic, I'm very excited about this challenge."

Foley acknowledged there was plenty of development required for the Western Australian club, which debuted in the competition in 2006.

"It's my role to set up a program that builds towards success," he said. "The coaching staff will be looking to promote an exciting brand of rugby that captures the imagination of our fans and wins games as well.

"To that end, we will be looking to recruit an attacking (assistant) coach with a record of producing that style of game.

"I want our fans to be excited about the style of footy we're playing and keen to be a part of the club.

"We need to be playing this brand of rugby to assist the club with our recruitment, retention and development, and we'll be working hard to ensure that the Force is a club that people are proud of and where players want to play."


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