Michael Foley joined the Western Force Super Rugby team as head coach on a three-year contract a day after quitting the New South Wales Waratahs.
Foley, 45, succeeds Richard Graham, who stood down from the Perth-based franchise in April. Foley resigned as Waratahs coach yesterday after the team ended the season with a team-record eight straight losses to finish 11th in the standings.
“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,” Foley said in a statement. “While my expectations are realistic, I’m very excited about this challenge.”
Foley played 50 Tests for the Wallabies and spent three years as an assistant coach at the Sydney-based Waratahs before taking on the top job for this season, where he guided the team to four wins from 16 games.
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