Posts Tagged "Michael Foley"
Michael Foley has done a disservice to his star players and to Australian rugby by playing a weakened Western Force side last night against the British and Irish Lions.
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Western Force coach Michael Foley insists a tight schedule left him with little choice but to select a weakened side for Wednesday night’s rugby clash with the British and Irish Lions in Perth.
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The 2012 season was the nadir of the Western Force. NIB Stadium was a ruin of rickety scaffold stands with portable toilets, appalling food and drink, and no members bar.
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Western Force legend Nathan Sharpe has hailed the technical skills and people management of Michael Foley, the coach charged with reviving the ailing Super Rugby franchise.
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Benn Robinson fronted the media this week, the day after the worst kept secret in Super Rugby circles was confirmed as Michael Foley left his head coaching position and moved to the Western Force franchise.
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NSW captain Benn Robinson said he’s shocked by Michael Foley’s defection to the Western Force and is adamant the Waratahs’ senior players should be given a say on his replacement as coach.
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Michael Foley is expected to swap one embattled Super Rugby franchise for another with the Western Force tipped to name him as their new coach after he resigned from the NSW Waratahs post on Tuesday.
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It was against the Hurricanes in round 15 that doubts about Michael Foley’s longevity at the Waratahs really overtook the logic for both parties staying together.
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Confirmation that Michael Foley will leave the NSW Waratahs. Read the full media release:
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In breaking news, media reports are pointing towards Waratahs head coach Michael Foley leaving the Sydney club this morning.
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It’s hard to tell the sanity difference between beleaguered coach Michael Foley allegedly leaving the Waratahs and heading west to coach the Force and a thoroughbred named Howmuchdoyouloveme.
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NSW coach Michael Foley has challenged his top-line players to make significant sacrifices to ensure the Waratahs’ woes end in 2013.
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The Chiefs vs Crusaders and Waratahs vs Brumbies games on the weekend were like chalk and cheese. One was thrilling, high scoring stuff. The other was out at ANZ stadium and the less said about it the better.
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Retaining Michael Foley as Waratahs coach for next season is as baffling as Greg Smith being named Wallaby coach in 1996 over odds-on favourite John Connolly, who was a victim of the pathetic, but intense, NSW-Queensland rivalry at the time.
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The Waratahs dominated the Brumbies in most key statistics during their weekend Super Rugby clash, but still managed to lose the game.
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There was a graphic photo in the Sydney Morning Herald last week of beleaguered Waratahs coach Michael Foley giving the thumbs down sign right under the headline “Foley set to announce he is staying with the Waratahs”.
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Michael Foley’s presentation to the NSW rugby board last week appears to have saved his job, but the coach’s complaints about scheduling have been dismissed by ARU chief executive John O’Neill.
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Under-fire NSW Waratahs coach Michael Foley is set to announce he’s staying on for the next Super Rugby season.
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The Waratahs board is being reported as endorsing Michael Foley to remain as coach next year. However, the bulk of the Waratahs faithful have already voted with their feet and stopped attending games.
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Michael Foley has spent the last two nights sizing up the Brumbies, and the Reds. His livelihood depends on it.
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