Wednesday 21 February 2018

McGahan gets nod to take reins at Melbourne Rebels

Tony McGahan, former Munster coach
Tony McGahan, former Munster coach
David Kelly

David Kelly

Former Munster coach Tony McGahan has brushed aside his involvement with the humiliated Australian national team after being named the head coach of troubled Super 15 franchise Melbourne Rebels.

McGahan, a 'coaching co-ordinator' with the Wallabies, was installed as part of the expected reshuffle in Australian rugby that will see national coach Robbie Deans ousted and replaced by Ewen McKenzie.

"Tony comes to Melbourne highly regarded as an international coach with a record of success at the top level," said Rebels chief executive Rob Clarke.

"In particular, his time at Munster was a memorable period for the famous club, with multiple titles in the Heineken Cup and Celtic League."

McGahan  was defence coach when Munster won their two Heineken Cup titles in 2006 and 2008.

Ironically, one of his first tasks will be to become embroiled in a tussle with his erstwhile Leinster rival Michael Cheika, currently Waratahs coach, to secure the services of the erratic but gifted Kurtley Beale.

Cheika also hopes to retain outstanding winger Israel Folau for another season, meaning that he will be available for Australia's November tour, during which they will play Ireland.

Irish referee Alain Rolland will take charge of the South Africa v Australia clash in Brisbane on September 7.

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