Super Rugby Pacific 2022 news Melbourne Rebels sign ex-Western Force coach


Unwanted Western Force manager Tim Sampson is back in the Super Rugby Pacific fold after signing with the Melbourne Rebels as an assistant.

Sampson spent five years as Force coach before the Perth club decided to change direction with the appointment of New Zealander Simon Cron for 2023 and beyond.

Sampson will lead the club’s attack under manager Kevin Foote while former England striker Geoff Parling remains in charge of forwards.

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Sampson replaces Ryan Martin, who now works with Toyota Verblitz in Japan.

“I know Tim will round out the core group of coaches returning from the 2022 season,” Rebels general manager Baden Stephenson said.

“It was a careful process which we followed in conjunction with Rugby Australia’s high performance department to secure Tim.

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“Looking at the big picture for our code we need to keep smart and talented people in Australian rugby so we are delighted to bring Tim to AAMI Park.”

The Force and the Rebels both missed the 2022 Finals after finishing with 4-10 records.

In other Super Rugby news on Wednesday, the NSW Waratahs have announced the signing of Glasgow Warriors prop Tom Lambert to a two-year deal.

The former Australian Schoolchildren representative moved to Scotland in 2020.

“Tom is a good young prop who has followed the ways of New South Wales and continued his development of rugby overseas,” Waratahs coach Darren Coleman said.

“He’s had a good two years in a solid professional program at Glasgow and will add valuable depth to our frontline stock, particularly on the loose side where Angus Bell carried much of the load last year.

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“We have been impressed with the impact Lambert has had on Sydney United in the Shute Shield since his return and look forward to seeing him develop further in our programme.”

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