SA-born Dave Wessels new Force coach

    2016-09-07 07:18

    Sydney - Struggling Super rugby club Force on Wednesday appointed Dave Wessels as new head coach for the next two seasons to replace the sacked Michael Foley.

    At 33 years of age, Wessels, a former assistant who had been filling in for Foley since he was fired in June, is the youngest coach in Super rugby ranks.

    "This opportunity is an amazing privilege," he said.

    "Not only because I love the game of rugby but also because I am so passionate about the Western Force and the people of Perth.

    "What we want to do going forward is develop a fantastic learning environment that people want to be a part of and that embraces the unique pioneering spirit that Western Australians will be proud of."

    Foley was dumped with a year remaining on his contract after a poor season with the Perth-based team last in the Australian conference.

    RugbyWA chief and Force general manager Mark Sinderberry said Wessels was the right man for the club's future.

    "The panel reviewed a number of strong candidates, but it was decided that Dave (Wessels) was the right man to take this club forward," he said.

    "He has the full support of the playing group and has already developed strong relationships on which he can now build."

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