Jeffs, Bowen & Giacheri, Sydney’s dream team

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Monday, 15 January 2007
NSWRU Media Unit

Sydney’s Australian Rugby Championship side has unveiled a highly respected three-man coaching team led by NSW Country head coach Col Jeffs.
Former Wallaby and Waratah Scott Bowen (Easts head coach) and former Waratah and Italy Test lock Mark Giacheri (Randwick head coach) are assistant coaches.

Jeffs said his first goal is to unify the clubs and region behind the new Sydney representative team.

The clubs aligned with the Sydney representative team are Eastern Suburbs, Illawarra, Randwick, Southern Districts and Sydney University.

“There's a lot of history and success between the clubs that make up the Sydney team and we want to build on that tradition to create another level of accomplishment,” said Jeffs.

“My first priority is to get all parties working together and we're off to a good start with Scott and Mark on board as coaches.”

Bowen said Jeffs brings a unique set of skills that will benefit the Sydney team, which will play home matches at North Sydney Oval.

“Col is an expert in pulling teams together with limited preparation as he's done extremely well with Country,” said Bowen.

“He'll also bring a fresh perspective to the Sydney environment and I think he'll bring everyone together quickly.”

Fellow assistant coach Mark Giacheri also endorsed Jeffs's leadership.

“I'm really excited to be involved with Scott who I played with and against and I'm very much looking forward to working with Col who has impressed me with his experience and knowledge and I hope to learn a lot from him,” Giacheri said.

HSBC Waratahs head coach and member of the coach selection panel Ewen McKenzie said the coaching trio is an impressive mix.

“The organisational skills and coaching abilities of Col Jeffs are exceptional and when combined with the experience and local knowledge of Scott and Mark, I think the Sydney team is in good hands,” McKenzie said.

“They are very committed to getting the off-field part of the team right which is extremely important in a start-up team.”

The head coach of the Western Sydney based team is expected to be announced within a week. The Central Coast based representative side has already named its head coach in John McKee.

Career Summaries

Col Jeffs

Representative Level

1999, 2000 Lachlan Provincial Representative Side - Prime TV Cup Winners.

2001, 2002, 2003 Central West

2001 Country Championships - Richardson Shield Winners.

2002 and 2003 Southern Provincial Championship-Runner Up.

2002 and 2003 Country Championships- Caldwell Cup Winners.

2002 and 2003 Assistant Coach ACT Southern Provincial Representative Side.

2004 and 2005 Assistant Coach NSW Country Cockatoos.

2004 Australian Rugby Shield winners.

International Matches: 2004 Scotland, 2005 Samoa, 2004 and 2005 IBM Japan

2006 and 2007 Coach NSW Country Cockatoos.

International Matches: 2006 IBM Japan, 2006 Fiji Tour

Club Level

1988 Cowra 2nd Grade.

1989 Cowra 1st Grade.

1989 Cowra Invitational Touring Side to USA.

1997-1998 Cowra Under 19’s.

1999-2000 Cowra 1st Grade.

Scott Bowen

Coaching

Eastern Suburbs Assistant Coach 2002 - 2005

(Winners Shute Shield 2003 / 4th place 2005)

Eastern Suburbs Head Coach 2006 - Present (3rd Place 2006)

Playing

Australia - 9 Tests (1993 – 1996)

NSW Waratahs - 49 Games (1993 – 1999)

Other representative teams – Australian Sevens & U21s

Clubs - Southern Districts (1991 – 1996) Eastern Suburbs (1997 - 1999)

Mark Giacheri

Coaching

Assistant Coach Randwick 2nd grade 2005

Assistant Coach (forwards) Randwick 1st grade 2006

Head Coach Randwick 1st grade 2007

Playing

Italy – 49 Tests (1992 – 2003)

NSW Waratahs – 3 Games (1994 – 1997)

North Harbour - NZ

Premiership Rugby – Australia, NZ, England, France, Italy (1991-2003)

Other representative teams – British Barbarians, Australian Barbarians, NSW Country, AIS, Australian U21s, NSW U21s.

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