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    Western Force appoint highly experienced former Fiji world cup coach John McKee

    Wow. Just seen this but it's behind the West paywall.
    But I'm also very sorry to see Van go. A great bloke who did a great job in trying times

    Western Force appoint highly experienced former Fiji world cup coach John McKee as forwards coach
    Nick Taylor
    The West Australian
    Fri, 23 October 2020 1:00PM

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    Quality signing.

    Snippets from another non-pay source:

    … McKee was in charge of the ‘Flying Fijians’ from 2014-2019 and was credited with helping enhance high-performance pathways and raise the standards of the national side.

    … “It was fantastic to see the Force in Super Rugby AU this year,” McKee said in a statement. “The style of rugby they played throughout the competition showed how much potential there is within the group.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-r...-idUSKBN2780IL

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    Western Force appoint highly experienced former Fiji world cup coach John McKee as forwards coach
    Nick Taylor
    The West Australian
    Fri, 23 October 2020 1:00PM

    Western Force have appointed highly experienced former Fiji world cup coach John McKee as their new forwards coach for the next two seasons.

    McKee took the Flying Fijians from a tier-two nation in 2014 to a top 10 side and led them to the 2015 and 2019 World Cups finals.

    He replaces Van Humphries who joined the Force in 2018 when the club was resurrected by mining magnate Andrew Forrest after being axed by Rugby Australia.

    Coach Tim Sampson said McKee would add depth to his coaching team.

    “John is a highly qualified coach that brings a wealth of experience to the club,” he said.

    “He has coached at the highest level on the biggest stage of international Test rugby and European club rugby.

    “We’re really pleased to welcome him to the Force.”

    McKee said he had been impressed by the potential of the Super Rugby squad being buit by Sampson.

    “It was fantastic to see the Force in Super Rugby this year,” he said

    “The style of rugby they played throughout the competition showed how much potential there is within the group.
    “Tim Sampson has done a fantastic job developing the team over the past few years, has created a strong club culture with a balanced mix of national and international experience, as well as some great young talent coming through the ranks.

    “The aspect of coaching that gives me the most joy is seeing young players develop.

    “You win games and championships, which are great moments, but when I look back on my career within Australia and overseas, I always place emphasis on assisting the younger players develop and help them on their pathway to reach their potential, which I look forward to doing here at the Force.”

    McKee, a New Zealander, began his coaching career in Australia in the 1990’s.

    He was with French Top 14 side AS Montferrand from 2000-02, Irish PRO14 outfit Connacht in 2002-05 before returning to Australia and leading Central Coast Rays to their inaugural NRC title in 2007.

    A year later he was an assistant coach with the Pacific Island side on their European tour and was technical advisor for Tonga before moving to RA where he was involved in youth development and assistant coach at the 2013 junior World Cup.

    He was appointed Fijian coach in 2014, leading them to two World Cups and four consecutive Pacific Nations Cup titles.

    Sampson thanked Humphries who left the club after a mutual agreement.

    “Van is a high-quality person and I really enjoyed working alongside him over the past three seasons,” Sampson said.

    “He has sacrificed a lot whilst here at the Force and we sincerely wish him all the best for what lies ahead.”
    https://thewest.com.au/sport/western...ng-b881701933z

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    Fantastic news even though Van’s going!

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    Where will Van go?


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    I ear what you guys are saying!

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