Under-threat Rebels to part ways with coach

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:24
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NEWS: Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan will leave at the end of the Super Rugby season, the club said Thursday as he pays the price for the team's poor performances.

The team, which is under threat of being axed from next year's competition, have managed only one win so far this season under the weight of a crushing injury toll.

The Melbourne side is currently locked in a stand-off with the Australian Rugby Union, which wants to cut either Western Force or the Rebels as part of Super Rugby's plan to slim down from 18 to 15 teams.

"This has been a particularly tough year on and off the field and we are grateful for the resilience and determination Tony has shown to keep the players and staff focused on performance," said Chief Executive Baden Stephenson.

"Tony's legacy will remain with the team through the program that he has established, processes that are in place and upcoming talent he has nurtured and we wish him the best in his future direction."

McGahan has been coach for four years but has failed to take them to the finals.

He has, however, unearthed eight Wallabies including last year's Australian Super Rugby player of the year, Sean McMahon.

"I look forward to following the Rebels as a team and help in the transition of the new coach and ensuring the transition is as smooth as possible," he said.

McGahan has two games remaining in the Super Rugby season - against Western Force on July 7 and Argentina's Jaguares a week later.

Agence France-Presse

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28