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Wallabies assistants to help Force, Reds

By Jim Morton 28/08/2009 06:15:52 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies assistant coach Jim Williams will follow Test counterpart Richard Graham into the Super 14 arena in 2010.

On a day the Western Force announced Australian skills coach Graham will double as their backs coach next year, it emerged Williams is also set to assist the Queensland Reds.

Williams, Robbie Deans' senior lieutenant, will join forces with former Brisbane Wests clubmate Phil Mooney at Ballymore where he will effectively be the Reds' forwards coach.

The "shared services" arrangement comes after Deans offered the provinces aid from his Test coaching assistants on taking the Wallabies post last year.

Australian Rugby Union high performance boss David Nucifora said Graham's appointment would be beneficial to both the Force and the Wallabies.

"Robbie wants our coaches to coach as often as they can and this arrangement with the Force will give Richard an opportunity to do that in another elite environment," Nucifora said.

Graham, a former Queensland fullback and Australian sevens captain, started with the Test team this year after stints with Bath and Saracens in England.

He takes the post from another former Reds back in John Mulvihill.

Despite the loss of playmaker Matt Giteau to the Brumbies, Graham is excited by the Force's prospects under former All Blacks coach John Mitchell in the 2010 Super 14.

Williams' imminent Reds appointment would see him take over from Mark Bell, who was axed along with manager Brendan Morris after Queensland finished second last in this year's Super 14.

Reds coach Mooney is now looking for a skills coach and preparing to take a more hands-on role after backs coach Damon Emtage quit his post on Friday.

Emtage's decision, after opting to return to his teaching career to spend more time with his young family, leaves Mooney without any of the lieutenants he started 2009 with.

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