Coaching Personnel

Head Coach

Faatoese Junior Faatoese

Junior joined the Melbourne Chargers as Head Coach in 2018 on the back of two years as Defence Coach for the Melbourne Unicorns Women’s Team. This is my sixth coaching appointment after being an assistant coach at various clubs focusing on skills, game strategy and defence. 

Prior to beginning my coaching career I had a long playing career where I accumulated 2 games for the Otago Highlanders, 8 games for Montpellier, and 10 years in the Melbourne Rugby Club system before retiring due to shoulder issues in 2009. 

I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Melbourne Chargers this season. The club have worked extremely hard over the last 4 years in particular to create an environment that allows the people and the team to perform at their best. I feel very privileged to be joining the club and to be in a position on the coaching team where I can help add to the fantastic structure put in place and help grow the team and club to achieve future success.

Playing Career

  • 1998 – Otago Highlanders wider training squad (NZ)
  • 1998 – Montpellier D2 (France)
  • 1998-1999 – Melbourne Unicorns Rugby Football Club – (Dewar Shield Winner 1998 and Colts winner 1999) (Australia)
  • 2000-2003 – Box Hill Rugby Football Club – (Dewar Shied Winner 2000 & 2001) (Australia)
  • 2006-2008 – Powerhouse Rugby Football Club – (Dewar Shied Winner 2006 & 2008) (Australia)

Coaching Career

  • 1998: Southern Rugby Football Club Womens (NZ)
  • 2003: Box Hill Rugby Football Club Women’s (Premiers)
  • 2004: Box Hill Rugby Football Club Colts
  • 2005: Box Hill Rugby Football Club Women’s (Premiers)
  • 2006-2007: Powerhouse Rugby Football Club Women’s
  • 2016-2017: Melbourne Unicorns – 2016-2017 (Premiers 2017)
  • 2018-Current: Melbourne Chargers