The Randwick Rugby Club is pleased to announce Owen Finegan as the Head Coach of the Club for the next two seasons.
Finegan has a strong connection with the Wicks, having played 110 1st Grade games for the Club, starting with the Club’s Colts program in 1990 and was an integral member of six Premiership-winning sides for Randwick.
He was an outstanding player with the Club, the Brumbies and the Wallabies with 90 caps for the ACT Brumbies including the 2001 and 2004 Super Rugby titles, 56 caps for the Wallabies including the 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph, as well as stints overseas for European giants Newcastle Falcons, Leinster and Leicester Tigers.
Since retiring from playing in 2007, Finegan has taken on coaching roles at the ACT Brumbies and Gungahlin Eagles in the Canberra competition and was Assistant Coach of the Randwick 1st Grade team in 2017.
Finegan replaces the departing Shannon Fraser who has moved on to accept another coaching opportunity, but leaves with the Club’s best wishes and thanks from Randwick President Bob Dwyer, “Shannon has been an outstanding contributor to the Club’s revival. Under his direction the style of game and player development has improved and we wish him and his family all the best for the future. They are always most welcome at Coogee Oval.”
Randwick Rugby President Bob Dwyer was delighted with the appointment of Finegan. "We are extremely happy to have been able to secure the services of Owen Finegan for the next two seasons. Owen is a Randwick man through and through and someone who totally understands the history and tradition of the Club. He was an outstanding player with the Club and has carried that over into his coaching career. We feel strongly that Owen is the person to deliver premiership success for the Club."
Finegan was excited at what lies ahead. "It's a tremendous honour to be the Head Coach at a club that I loved representing. I had some of the most enjoyable days of my rugby career at Coogee Oval and count myself lucky to be involved in such a wonderful club. The Wicks have a great history and tradition. I am looking forward to the chance to work with a talented group of players and pushing for a premiership in 2018.”
“The Club has great foundations to build on from finishing 2nd in the 2017 Club Championship, wonderful facilities at Latham Park and a committed playing, coaching and support staff. We look forward to engaging our passionate rugby community and making them proud of their teams. It all starts with a tough pre-season that begins Monday 13 November.”