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Tigers appoint Rawlings as new coach

06/06/2009 12:09:47 PM Comments (0)

Richmond have appointed Jade Rawlings as caretaker coach for the rest of this AFL season.

Rawlings takes over from Terry Wallace, who coached the team for the last time on Friday night in the 68-point defeat by the Western Bulldogs.

Rawlings is among five assistant coaches who were working under Wallace at Richmond this season.

Wayne Campbell, David King, Brian Royal and Craig McRae are the other assistants and Rawlings was seen as an outsider to take the senior job.

The 31-year-old key defender and forward played 145 games at Hawthorn, North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs from 1996-2006.

He was the Western Bulldogs' leading goalkicker in 2004.

This year, Rawlings had been coaching Richmond's VFL affiliate Coburg as well as helping McRae at the club as a development coach.

Wallace announced on Monday that the Western Bulldogs game would be the last time he would coach Richmond.

He was in the last year of a five-year contract.

It has been a disastrous season so far for Richmond, who had been full of confidence after finishing ninth last year.

They have won only two out of 11 games.

Richmond last won the premiership in 1980 and have not made the finals since 2001.

Rawlings is due to hold a media conference at Richmond's Punt Road headquarters on Saturday at 1215 (AEST).

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