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    Melbourne Rebels sign World Cup coach Rod Macqueen

    Melbourne Rebels sign World Cup coach Rod Macqueen


    • Wayne Smith, Rugby union editor
    • From: The Australian
    • January 12, 2010 12:00AM




    THE Melbourne Rebels are set to follow up their stunning coup of signing the Melbourne Storm's Brian Waldron as their new CEO with a second major announcement tomorrow, confirming Rod Macqueen as their head coach and director of rugby.

    Macqueen, the architect of Australia's 1999 World Cup triumph, has turned down a host of lucrative offers from around the world since bringing down the curtain on his coaching career the night the Wallabies clinched an historic series victory over the British and Irish Lions in 2001.
    That he has now chosen to return to the international arena with the Rebels is an extraordinary endorsement of the Harold Mitchell-led Melbourne consortium. He will meet Mitchell and other senior Rebels figures today in Melbourne where he is expected to formalise his dual roles as the club's head coach and director of coaching.
    It will be the second time in his career that Macqueen has signed on to build a Super rugby team from the ground up, having served as the ACT Brumbies' foundation coach in 1996 and 1997 before being elevated to the Wallabies.


    Within a week of belatedly being handed the Melbourne licence by the Australian Rugby Union, the Rebels are confident of filling the two critical positions of CEO and head coach with men whose resumes stack up against the best in the world.
    Indeed, so highly regarded is Waldron that the Storm's major backer, News Limited (publisher of The Australian), is understood to have made an 11th-hour attempt to persuade him to remain with the reigning rugby league premiers.
    But after six years with the Storm, during which time the club emerged as Australia's most successful rugby league franchise, Waldron was convinced it was time to move on.
    "At 46 years of age as a sports administrator, you need to take advantage of opportunities as they come along," said Waldron, who will be moving into his third major football code, having earlier had successful stints in the AFL as St Kilda chief executive and general manager of football operations at Richmond. "This is a rare opportunity to start from scratch with a major new club in the biggest sporting market in the country."
    Mitchell couldn't contain his delight at having recruited Waldron, who he described as "one of the best three sporting administrators in the country".
    "It was all done very quickly, starting with a meeting with him in South Melbourne last Thursday," Mitchell said.
    Waldron committed to weigh up his decision over the weekend and informed the Storm's board yesterday morning of his intention to switch to the other side of the rugby divide in the same city. Although many observers believe the Rebels and Storm will be competing for basically the same fans, Waldron is adamant there is enough room for both codes to run top-level professional teams in the Victorian market.
    "Melbourne is a bit different," Waldron said. "The market is big enough to sustain not only the AFL but other codes as well.
    "We at the Storm were devastated when the Rebels lost their bid to join Super rugby in 2005 because we felt they would add to the exposure of the Storm.
    "A lot of fans will go to both. I don't see it as competitive but rather complementary.
    "I'm a quintessential Victorian. We love our AFL team and that passion lasts a lifetime but we also love to watch and support other high-class sports."
    Although the Rebels have allocated four spots in their 2011 playing roster to rugby league converts, Waldron has done them no favours by signing such likely targets as Greg Inglis and Billy Slater to long-term contracts with the Storm. Not that he has any intention of raiding the club where he will continue to work for the next four weeks.
    "I'd never do anything detrimental to the Storm," he said.
    Indeed, while there have been suggestions the Rebels are interested in Johnathan Thurston, the league player starting to excite most interest is Israel Folau, the former Melbourne winger and centre who moved last year to the Brisbane Broncos.
    Although it is widely believed he is committed to the Broncos for another three seasons, in fact Folau signed only a two-year contract with a two-year option, meaning he could well become a target of the new Super 15 club.
    Meanwhile, Wallabies prop Ben Alexander will learn tomorrow whether he will require surgery on his left hand, injured in a training mishap last week. He could miss the first four rounds.


    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...-1225818221346

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    Plenty of players will be interested in playing under RWC Champion Coach Rod McQueen... Watch out all Australian provinces...

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    Elsom, Toomua, Lealifano all Victorians and all off contract in 2011

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudskipper View Post
    Plenty of players will be interested in playing under RWC Champion Coach Rod McQueen... Watch out all Australian provinces...
    As if living in the Jewel of the Commonwealth wasn't enough incentive.

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    That's a huge signing

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerthGirl View Post
    That's a huge signing
    Yeah, but most of the article is either speculation or talking about Waldron....I'm not saying McQeen isn't going to sign, but there's an element of Growdenness to it right now!

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    A head coach who hasn't coached in 10 years - rugby's moved on (not always for the better!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    A head coach who hasn't coached in 10 years - rugby's moved on (not always for the better!)
    well he did fill a similar role for the Melbourne Rebels in the ARC, and they punched well above there expectations

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    He's been very involved in the game wasn't he part of the panel that developed the ELV's the Northern Hemisphere didn't like

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    yes he was also part of that, he might not have been a hands on coach for some time, but he has been deeply involved with the game at higher levels, regardless it woud appear as though he is going to fill a 'director of rugby' type role rather then a hands on coach.

    Maqueen is accredited with his off field planning as much as his on field, the culture that he built whilst at the wallabies were equally as important as the game tactics that they employed.

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    Yeah, in this instance I don't think that you can say he has been "away" from the game as such and he now has a full season to brush up on his skills.
    May even see him head to the NH on a short term gig to that end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOCC View Post
    Elsom, Toomua, Lealifano all Victorians and all off contract in 2011
    Toomua is QLDer..... logan boy I think... But hey the brumbies will likely lose some... Elsom would have returned to QLD if the Reds Admin didn't stuff up... He could go for the right third party package

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudskipper View Post
    Elsom would have returned to QLD if the Reds Admin didn't stuff up... He could go for the right third party package
    I hear TABCORP might be interested.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mudskipper View Post
    Toomua is QLDer..... logan boy I think...
    his born in victoria, he only moved to qld in his later years but family is back in victoria

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    Do you work for the Australian Census or did the ghosts of Ballymore tell you that? Born in Victoria grew up in Qld...... Jeez TOCC... he'll have to sign with the Rebels...

    If he wants to go to Melbourne, thats fine by me... But there is plenty of space at the Brumbies for Lealiifano and Toomua... However players tend to like being at the Brumbies. They even stay if they have to compete for a spot against a Wallaby...

    Players tend to leave teams when there is poor management and coaching at the province... Only a few ever go for cash from one AUS province to another, if they want cash they go OS... For any player with real promise the Rebels have little to offer....

    So I guess having said that they'll be signing Latham and many other Reds players....

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