The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed that former Springbok Sevens player Kevin Foote has been elevated to permanent head coach for 2022 and beyond.
The Reds broke the Brumbies’ hearts for the third time this season with a last-minute James O’Connor try, securing the Queensland side the Super Rugby AU title.
James O’Connor snatched a try after the buzzer against the Brumbies as the Reds toppled the defending champions 19-16 in a frantic finish to the Super Rugby AU final on Saturday.
The Reds hammered the Waratahs 41-7 in Brisbane and the Brumbies eased past the Western Force 27-11 in the opening round of Super Rugby AU on Friday.
The Reds will host the Waratahs in the 2021 Super Rugby AU season opener on 19 February at Suncorp Stadium.
The Brumbies were crowned the first Super Rugby AU champions after clinching a 28-23 victory over the Reds in Canberra on Saturday.
The Brumbies and Reds have made multiple changes to their starting lineups for Saturday’s Super Rugby AU final in Canberra.
The Reds will face the Brumbies in the Super Rugby AU final next week after beating the Rebels 25-13 in Saturday’s qualifier playoff in Brisbane.
The Rebels have been bolstered by the return of Andrew Kellaway and Campbell Magnay, while the Reds have named an unchanged lineup for their Super Rugby AU playoff in Brisbane on Saturday.
South African prop Cabous Eloff scored a last-minute converted try as the Rebels edged the Force 34-30 in Newcastle on Saturday to secure a place in the playoffs for the first time in history.