Aug 1 (Reuters) - Former Australia hooker Michael Foley will
take over the coaching reins of the Western Force after quitting
his post at the New South Wales Waratahs, the Perth-based Super
Rugby side said on Wednesday.
The Force, who had sacked coach Richard Graham in mid-April,
finished second from last in the 15-team Super Rugby standings
in 2012 with only three wins.
They were dealt a further blow last week when they lost
Wallabies captain David Pocock to the Brumbies after a
The 45-year-old Foley will have to lift the side after
joining the Force on a three-year contract.
"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," Foley was quoted as saying on the Force website
"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.
"While my expectations are realistic, I'm very excited about
Foley spent three seasons at the Waratahs as assistant coach
before taking on the head coach's role for the 2012 season. He
resigned from his post on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Amlan