Meehan joins Force coaching staff
New Force attack coach, Steve Meehan. Photo: Getty Images
European Challenge Cup-winning coach Steve Meehan will join the Western Force as attack coach next season.
Queensland-born Meehan spent five years at English Premiership club side Bath and took the side to its first ever Challenge Cup win in his second season there.
Meehan joins head coach Michael Foley, forwards coach Nick Stiles and former Queensland Reds strategist and kicking coach Phillip Fowler in a new look coaching structure unveiled in Perth today.
Foley, who left the head coaching job at the Waratahs to take up a three-year deal at the Force, also lured west his former colleague Chris Webb, who will manage the team.
The Western Force finished second last in the Super Rugby competition this year and was hurt by the mid-season departure to Queensland of former head coach Richard Graham.
The squad is in a major re-building phase after losing key players Nathan Sharpe (retirement) and David Pocock, who has moved to the Brumbies.
"Relaunching this side is more than just a new playing roster, it's about a new approach to Emirates Western Force rugby," Foley said.
"We didn't want to restrict ourselves in terms of who we were approaching and targeting, and have intentionally identified experts with a proven record in getting results."
Fowler spent two seasons with the Reds after a season as technical consultant at Stade Francais. He worked with the Springboks in the lead up to their 2007 Rugby World Cup win and also did stints advising the All Blacks and the Wallabies.