Rebels get a World Cup winner

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:43
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NEWS: The Melbourne Rebels have added a Cricket World Cup winner to the high performance department with the appointment of Damian Mednis as the team's new Head of Performance.

Mednis returns to Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels after a decade in Cricket as a strength and conditioning coach with the Queensland Bulls, Brisbane Heat and Australian Cricket Team.

"We're thrilled to welcome a world leading performance expert with Damian's calibre to the Melbourne Rebels to lead our performance department," Melbourne Rebels General Manager Rugby Baden Stephenson said.

"Damian brings vast experience in high performance with a record of domestic and international success, along with ourstanding people and communication skills."

The Ipswich-native started his high performance career with the Queensland Rugby Union, where he was Performance Coordinator for the Queensland Reds and Reds Rugby College from 1996 – 2004 before a move to Ireland.

Employed by the Irish Rugby Union, Mednis was the Performance Coordinator at Munster for three years before a return to Queensland as Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Bulls and Heat.

Mednis joins the Rebels after three years as strength and conditioning coach for the Australian Cricket Team, where he devised and conduct strength, speed and agility training programs for all players across all formats.

Mednis brings a wealth of international and domestic success to the Rebels, including a 2015 Cricket World Cup, Ashes Series (2013), Big Bash (2013), Sheffield Shield (2011/12) and One Day Cup (2009) titles, and a European Cup Championship with Munster (2006).

"It's good to be back in rugby, while I really enjoyed my time with Cricket, it's fantastic to have that anticipation being back in a contact sport and something that I've missed for the last 10 years," Mednis said.

"There's a lot of upside to the Melbourne Rebels which attracted me to role, led by owner Andrew Cox and quality senior rugby staff, I see a happy and well constructed organisation with a strong playing list."

Mednis begins his role as the Melbourne Rebels Head of Performance in November after the departure of Bryce Cavanagh, who accepted a role overseas.

The Melbourne Rebels kick off the 2017 Super Rugby season when they host the Blues on Thursday, February 23 at AAMI Park.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 March 2018
Connacht v Edinburgh 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Scarlets 22h00 Thomond Park
Dragons v Cheetahs 22h00 Rodney Parade
Ospreys v Leinster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Jaguares v Lions 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 51 | 27
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4