Foley signs as Western Force coach

August 01, 2012, Wednesday/ 18:00:00/ AP

Former Wallabies hooker Michael Foley has signed as the Western Force’s new coach a day after resigning from rival Super rugby side the New South Wales Waratahs.

The Force, in a statement on Wednesday, said Foley has signed a three year deal to replace Richard Graham as head coach. The Perth-based Force finished second last in the Super 15 standings this year. “This is an important period for the club and while we’re not looking to start from scratch, we’re looking to re-launch the team,” he said. “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.” A former Wallabies assistant coach and Bath forwards coach, Foley, 45, joined the Waratahs coaching team in 2009 before taking charge of the team at the beginning of this season. “It’s my role to set up a program that builds towards success. The coaching staff will be looking to promote an exciting brand of rugby that captures the imagination of our fans and wins games as well,” he said. “To that end, we will be looking to recruit an attacking coach with a record of producing that style of game.” Foley played 111 matches for Queensland, and 50 games for Australia, including the Wallabies’ 1999 Rugby World Cup final win in Wales and the 2001 series win over the British and Irish Lions.

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