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Foley vows a Force to reckon with


Justin Chadwick

WInding up ... Waratahs coach Michael Foley.

WInding up ... Waratahs coach Michael Foley. Photo: Getty Images

NEW Western Force coach Michael Foley wants to ''relaunch'' the Perth team after signing on as head coach for the next three seasons.

Foley quit as Waratahs coach on Tuesday to link up with the Force, where he replaces Richard Graham. The appointment ends a saga for the Force, who parted ways with Graham in April after it emerged the former Wallabies assistant had signed a deal to coach the Reds from next season.

Foley spent three years as an assistant at the Waratahs before taking on the head role this year. The step up proved to be a tough initiation for Foley, who guided the Waratahs to just four wins in 16 games.

The former Wallabies hooker faces an even bigger task to turn around the Force, who managed just three wins this year and have since lost skipper David Pocock to the Brumbies and veteran second-rower Nathan Sharpe to retirement.

''This is an important period for the club and, while we're not looking to start from scratch, we're looking to relaunch the team,'' Foley said. ''There's no doubt the club has had a few setbacks in recent times but there are many people … very determined to see the Force successful.''


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