29 Sep 2017

Joseph to take charge of Sunwolves

3:59 pm on 29 September 2017

The former Highlanders coach and current Japan national coach Jamie Joseph will take control of the Sunwolves Super Rugby side in Japan.

Jamie Joseph

Jamie Joseph Photo: Photosport

He will replace Filo Tiatia who has been with the side for the last 2 season.

Joseph left the Highlanders after the 2016 season to take control of the Japan national side.

Meanwhile former Western Force coach Dave Wessels has joined the Melbourne Rebels less than a month after the Perth-based side was cut from Super Rugby.

The Force were officially dumped from Super Rugby earlier this month following a protracted battle with the Australian Rugby Union after SANZAAR members agreed to ditch three teams from the competition for 2018.

Two South African sides, the Cheetahs and Kings, have already joined an expanded Pro14 competition in Europe.

A club official told Reuters the 34-year-old Wessels had joined the team.

A report on the ARU's website also said he was joining the Melbourne-based side until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season.

"I'm very grateful to everyone at the Rebels and within Australian rugby for helping make this move possible," Wessels told the rugby.com.au website.

"For me, the decision was driven by a strong feeling of unfinished business in Super Rugby.

"Make no mistake, our goal is to win Super Rugby."

The Rebels were the worst-performing Australian side in Super Rugby this season, winning one game and suffering several losses where the opposition scored more than 50 points.

Tony McGahan ended his four-year tenure with the Rebels at the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.

Former All Black Brad Thorn.

Former All Black Brad Thorn. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Meanwhile former All Black Brad Thorn is expected to take over as Queensland Reds coach after the Super Rugby side reportedly sacked Nick Stiles.

Stiles' future had been uncertain after coaching the Brisbane-based side to just four wins in 2017.

Former All Black and rugby league star Thorn will take over ahead of next season, according to multiple reports, and is set to be Reds' second-straight rookie coach.

Former Reds prop Stiles spent a year at the helm of the 2011 Super Rugby champions, previously sharing the reins with Matt O'Connor on an interim basis after Richard Graham's sacking in March 2016.

Thorn is widely respected at the Reds and regarded as a coach of the future.

But his experience is limited to two years, having been appointed as a Reds development coach in 2015 after retiring from playing that year.

Thorn is also at the helm of Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship.

Former Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan has been recruited as a senior assistant to add experience to the Reds coaching panel.

-Reuters and AAP