Rebels announce their new Super Rugby captain

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    What may be perceived as a weakness for the Melbourne Rebels could prove to be their greatest strength, according to newly-appointed captain Adam Coleman.

    The Australia lock, who was one of a dozen Western Force players to follow coach Dave Wessels to Melbourne after the axing of the Perth-based club, was announced on Tuesday as skipper for the Super Rugby season.

    Coleman was preferred over Test halfback Will Genia and Wallabies utility back Reece Hodge for the role, with last season’s captain Nic Stirzaker now playing in the UK.

    The 26-year-old said he wouldn’t have to work to unify the Force and Rebels players as that had already happened.

    The shared history of both clubs being on the chopping block before the Force were cut from the competition meant the players had already bonded.

    “I think a strength of ours is how close we are as a team at the moment,” Coleman said.

    “We’ve all gone through some sacrifices, especially last year, and it’s really brought us together.”

    He said many players at the Rebels, which only managed one win last season, had a point to prove starting with their round one match against the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on February 23.

    “With the Rebels and the Force, with the whole saga that went on, definitely there’s some extra motivation to perform,” he said.

    Melbourne were soundly beaten by the Brumbies in a trial on the weekend which Coleman described as “teething problems”.

    He said they would be ready for their next meeting.

    Coleman, who is part of the Wallabies leadership group, has captaincy in his blood.

    His father, Pau’u Afeaki, who passed away when Coleman was 12, captained Tonga. Likewise his cousin, former Hurricanes players Inoke Afeaki.

    Coleman said leading the Rebels wouldn’t be a burden.

    “There are a lot of leaders within the group, it’s not as if all the weight’s on my shoulders,” he said.

    “I will play my own game and really enjoy my footy and when I’m doing that and the team’s doing that, we’re going to perform well.”

    Wessels said that Coleman was ready for the role.

    “He’s a very driven guy and a tough competitor but most of all he wants to win and is prepared to work hard for it,” he said.

    “He should be very proud of the leader he’s become.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • Roar Guru

      February 6th 2018 @ 2:19pm
      John R said | February 6th 2018 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

      Great choice.

    • February 6th 2018 @ 2:36pm
      Nicolai said | February 6th 2018 @ 2:36pm | ! Report

      And with Tom English as his wingman it’s even better

    • February 6th 2018 @ 4:20pm
      Ex force fan said | February 6th 2018 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

      He will be a good captain that prepared to do the hard work and lead from the front. He would have been the Force’s captain if the WA rugby community was not betrayed by the dark side. The Force will awaken…

    • Roar Guru

      February 6th 2018 @ 6:23pm
      jeznez said | February 6th 2018 @ 6:23pm | ! Report

      Great choice – am so glad that Wessels has handed him the responsibility. I think he is a future Wallaby captain so really looking forward to seeing how he leads the team.

    • Roar Rookie

      February 6th 2018 @ 6:48pm
      Comrade Bear said | February 6th 2018 @ 6:48pm | ! Report

      Not often that happens – a unanimous ‘yes’ from the Roar!

      • February 6th 2018 @ 10:55pm
        Ken Catchpole's Other Leg said | February 6th 2018 @ 10:55pm | ! Report

        It’s only early Comrade!
        Great to see young Adam stepping up.

    • February 6th 2018 @ 10:06pm
      Ex force fan said | February 6th 2018 @ 10:06pm | ! Report

      And the ARU/RA messed up again by releasing the name of the Rebels captain for the Brisbane 10s before the Rebels had the opportunity to announce their captain….the competence of this organisation is staggering.

      • Roar Guru

        February 7th 2018 @ 10:08am
        Train Without A Station said | February 7th 2018 @ 10:08am | ! Report

        Where did they release the naming of Coleman as captain?

        Rugby Australia’s website has nothing about it, and announced it yesterday. I also don’t see anywhere that the Rebels 10s captain has been announced in fact.

        • Roar Guru

          February 8th 2018 @ 8:49am
          John R said | February 8th 2018 @ 8:49am | ! Report

          It was announced in the press call for the Tens (Coach and Captains’s to attend). So only those in the media received it.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 10:34am
            Train Without A Station said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:34am | ! Report

            Was that released by RA though? And Coleman isn’t going to the 10s isn’t he?

            • Roar Guru

              February 8th 2018 @ 1:38pm
              John R said | February 8th 2018 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

              Ah yeah apologies, it was for the season launch media call (from the Australian):

              “But an RA media alert last ­Sunday announcing the coaches and captains who would be attending the season launch in Brisbane this Sunday appeared to jump the gun. It was an understandable mix-up and RA has apologised profusely to the Rebels, but, sadly, once some things are done, they can’t be undone”

              • Roar Guru

                February 9th 2018 @ 11:08am
                Train Without A Station said | February 9th 2018 @ 11:08am | ! Report

                Interesting. I read a fair bit of rugby media and didn’t hear anything about Coleman being named captain.

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