Coaching Personnel

Head Coach

Faatoese Junior Faatoese

I join 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

Assistant Coach

Bronnie Mackintosh

PLAYING EXPERIENCE (25 Years)

Rugby Union

  • 3 years in New Zealand: Ponsonby, Auckland & New Zealand rep teams
  • 4 years in USA: Florida State University & Boston Women’s Team
  • 10 years in Australia: Warringah Rugby Club (Sydney)
  • 15 Caps for Australian Wallaroos
  • 1998 and 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cups (Amsterdam, Barcelona)
  • 2003: World XV vs NZ (2 Caps)
  • 1999, 2001, 2004-2007: Hong Kong 7s (runners up)
  • 2007: Dubai 7s – 1st place with Wooden Spoon team from UK
  • 2008: South Africa – 2 tests with UK Nomads (Barbarians) vs South Africa
  • 2011-Present: Fire & Rescue, NSW 7s Captain
  • 2012: Warringah Rats (Premiers)
  • 2016: Newcastle Wanderers Rugby

Rugby League:

  • 2 years playing for Forrestville, Sydney, NSW & Australia
  • 2 test matches with Jillaroos vs New Zealand, 2007

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 1998: School Development officer, Warringah Rugby Club
  • 1997-2000: Narrabeen Tigers Juniors Coach u/7s-u/11s
  • 2005: Warringah Women’s Club Coach (Premiers)
  • 2006: St Augustines Boys u/14s Coach
  • 2001-2007: Aussie Rats 7s Player/Coach for Hong Kong 7s
  • 2008-2010: Sydney Convicts Rugby Club 1st team Coach – (affiliated with Colleagues Rugby, Sydney. Winners of 2008 Bingham World Cup in Dublin, Ireland. Runners up in Minnesota, 2010
  • 2016-2017: Hunter Women’s Rugby 7s Head Coach