Toolan’s rugby rise con­tin­ues

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FOR­MER GRFC player and club­man through and through Eoin Toolan has grad­u­ated from video an­a­lyst to the Ire­land team with De­clan Kid­ney to Se­nior an­a­lyst of the Su­per Rugby side Mel­bourne Rebels and now head coach to the Aus­tralian Na­tional Cham­pi­onship side Mel­bourne Ris­ing.

Toolan has been named as the Mel­bourne Ris­ing NRC coach for 2018, with for­mer Har­lequin Rugby Club Coach Pom Si­mona join­ing him as as­sis­tant.

The ap­point­ment for Toolan fol­lows a sixyear ap­pren­tice­ship with the Rebels where his role as Per­for­mance An­a­lyst has been com­pli­mented by stints as a Rebels u/20 and NRC as­sis­tant coach.

‘I think that’s go­ing to be one of our ad­van­tages – there’s a bit of con­ti­nu­ity,’ said for­mer Grey­stones player Toolan.

‘Quite a few of our play­ers in­volved in Su­per Rugby in 2018 will be avail­able for NRC, so it’s about build­ing those com­bi­na­tions as well as de­vel­op­ing some of our younger guys.

‘I think it’s (NRC) be­come a re­ally strong com­pe­ti­tion over the last four years.

If you look at that Wal­la­bies 23 that played that last Test in June, twelve of them played NRC last year.

It’s be­com­ing a real strong­hold of Aus­tralian rugby and it’s go­ing to be great test­ing our­selves against some of the best teams in the coun­try.’

New Mel­bourne Ris­ing head coach Eoin Toolan, a for­mer Grey­stones RFC player, with his as­sis­tant Pom Si­mona last week.

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