Friday 25 May 2018

Munster dealt a blow in head coach search as favourite David Wessels opts to take different role

Head Coach Dave Wessels of the Force looks on prior to the round five Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Force at AMI Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
Head Coach Dave Wessels of the Force looks on prior to the round five Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Force at AMI Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
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Munster's search for a replacement for Rassie Erasmus will continue after it was confirmed this evening that David Wessels will take up a position with the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby.

Wessels appeared set to join Munster as Erasmus prepares to return to South Africa, but the outgoing Director of Rugby's compatriot has instead opted to remain in Australia.

The 36-year-old South African impressed in his debut season with the Western Force, but the club was subsequently cut from Super Rugby, leaving Wessels in limbo.

However, the man himself has today cleared up his future, telling The Australian newspaper that he is to become the Melbourne Rebels' head coach.

“My dream has always been to coach professional rugby and it’s Australian rugby that’s given me that opportunity,” Wessels said.

“From a loyalty perspective — and I know we haven’t had the greatest couple of months here in Perth with all the speculation about the Force — but the position I’m in, I owe it in large part to the people within Australian rugby.

“A lot of the (Force) staff and players will now have the opportunity to come with us to Melbourne and I feel that if I turned my back on Australia now, I would live the rest of my life wondering where it could have ended up."

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