Thorpe in as new team director for Melbourne Rebels

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    Former All Blacks manager Tony Thorpe is joining the Melbourne Rebels as the club’s new Team Director for the 2018 season.

    Thorpe is vastly experienced and is a nice addition for the rebuilding Rebels, who are looking to take a step forward under new coach David Wessels.

    Thorpe has an impressive resume. As a player, he represented Canterbury and made appearances for the New Zealand Sevens team. He has since spent time as Team Manager with the All Blacks and Crusaders (winning three Super Rugby titles), was Team Director for Brumbies Rugby and was General Manager of the Fiji Rugby Union.

    The Rebels’ new Director is ready for the next chapter in his career.

    “I’m fortunate for the opportunity to work with David and the management team at the start of a new era for the Melbourne Rebels and excited by the club’s untapped potential in the growing squad and organisation,” Thorpe said.

    “There are some challenges to overcome in a very short period of time but David’s pulling together a group capable of navigating the club on this exciting journey to deliver success for the Rebels,” he added.

    Melbourne’s leadership is excited to welcome Thorpe into the organization.

    “Tony’s extensive management experience will make him an extremely valuable asset to our refreshed rugby program at the Rebels. Our club is going to go through a major transformation and there is so much work to get done in such a small amount of time. Tony knows what success and strong team cultures look like,” Rebels chief executive officer Baden Stephenson said.

    The Melbourne Rebels open their 2018 Super Rugby campaign at against the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on Friday 23 February.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • October 12th 2017 @ 9:44pm
      PiratesRugby said | October 12th 2017 @ 9:44pm | ! Report

      As the successes of Richmond and Melbourne Storm have shown, getting the off field stuff right is an important step toward getting the infield performance right.

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        October 13th 2017 @ 4:12pm
        Train Without A Station said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

        I don’t know the context but apparently Graham Henry was in Melbourne a few weeks ago for a business meeting.

        • October 14th 2017 @ 11:03am
          Warugby said | October 14th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

          I wonder if he signs up if his stint with the Rebels will ba as successful as the one he had with the Pumas haha.

    • October 13th 2017 @ 7:51pm
      Sam said | October 13th 2017 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

      Strong off field leadership is essential. In think Baden Stephenson really needs people around him who understand the Melbourne market.

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