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    Foley signs as Force coach

    2012-08-01 07:48

    Perth - Super Rugby strugglers the Force on Wednesday appointed Michael Foley as head coach for the next three seasons, just days after he quit the New South Wales Waratahs.

    The 45-year-old takes over from Richard Graham, who stood down in April.

    "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.

    The Perth-based Force managed just three wins this year, and were dealt a huge blow last week when captain David Pocock defected to the Brumbies.

    "There's no doubt the club has had a few setbacks in recent times but there are many people at the club, both on and off the field, that are very determined to see the Force successful," Foley added.

    "While my expectations are realistic, I'm very excited about this challenge."

    Foley, who represented the Wallabies in two World Cups, spent three seasons at the Waratahs, initially as assistant coach before taking over as head coach for the 2012 season.

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