Super 14
Macqueen takes Melbourne reins
January 13, 2010

Australia's Rugby World Cup-winning coach Rod Macqueen has been drawn out of retirement to take over the reins at the Melbourne Rebels Super 15 franchise.

Macqueen has been out of the game since 2001, when he stepped down as coach of the Wallabies following a series victory over the British & Irish Lions, two year after he masterminded their run to a second World Cup title.

Macqueen has signed a three year deal as head coach and director of coaching with the Rebels, who will join the Australian conference in the expanded Super 15 in 2011, and will likely be assisted by Sydney University coach Damian Hill.

"It made me think I'd like to have a bigger involvement, because there's something special that can happen in this area (Melbourne)," Macqueen said. "We want to take the team to the community, we want to embrace the community, and we want the team to put back into the community."

Macqueen's appointment follows the announcement of former Melbourne Storm chief Brian Waldron as the Rebels' chief executive.


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