Next Game Rd 1 v QLD Reds

Fri, February 23. 7:30PM,
Olympic Blvd


Amanda Pozzobon
Operations Coordinator
Prior to joining the Rebels Community, Amanda has previous experience within Hawthorn Football Club’s Community team and Membership departments.
Her knowledge extends to database management and exposure to CRM and membership systems. Amanda has a great passion for communications with having obtained a degree in Public Relations/Media Communications from Deakin University in 2012. She is currently studying her post graduate law degree.
Amanda is responsible for referee administration and appointments as well as maintaining community systems. Her role includes managing administration of competition data from all Community Competitions – both senior and junior. Amanda is also responsible for compiling and distributing a monthly newsletter to ensure all of our Community Stakeholders are constantly updated with the latest.

Chris Evans
General Manager
A Sports Administration graduate from Deakin University, Chris began his time with Victorian Rugby Union in 2007 where he learnt the necessary skills and knowledge to progress to his position to now managing the Victorian Rugby Union.

Chris’ experience extends well into the Rugby ranks having managed Community Rugby from 2013-2016.

David Southwood
Development Officer

Dave has been part of the Victorian Rugby Union community for a number of years now, as a player but mostly as a Coach and a Volunteer.

Currently Dave is the Head Coach of the Eltham Rugby Club and has been a part of the club for a large number of years helping develop the talent in the Eltham area.

Along with this role Dave is also currently the Head Coach of the U15 Melbourne Rebels JGC side and the U14 Melbourne Rebels side.

Dave has volunteered his time to the VRU on a large number of occasions including Schools Gala Days, Pathway Gala Days, Junior & Senior Grand Finals and coaching courses.

Samantha Homewood
Development Officer
Samantha has an impressive on field and off field background in touch rugby through playing and managing at a club, university and representative level.

Sam has completed a Bachelor of Sports Development at Deakin University and also has a coaching background in Netball and Australian Rules.

Sam recently spent time in a development role at Bowls Australia and brings an abundance of new and exciting ideas to the development team.

Will Nicholson
Game Development Coordinator
Will graduated from Victoria University in 2011 with a double degree of Business Management/ Sport and Recreation. Shortly after this Will joined the team of Community Development Officers and has since been an invaluable asset to the team.
Since his appointment Will has been more than willing to throw himself at any opportunities that present themselves. Recently he has accepted the position of Development Coordinator – overseeing delivering of strategies and schools programs within wide ranging regional and metropolitan areas in Victoria.
For consecutive years Will has donated his time out of work hours as team manager of the Rebels U20s program. Within this role he is responsible for coordinating tournaments and team logistics.
Will also coaches the Melbourne University Colts team.

Justin Carroll
Manager – Game Development and Coach Education
Justin Joined the Victorian Rugby community after originally hailing from Queensland after coaching within the Great Public Schools (GPS) Association – with him Justin brought 20 years of expert rugby knowledge.
As a teacher by trade he holds strong connection in the school community and is the vital link between Schoolboy Rugby and Melbourne Rebels Community Rugby.Justin provides ongoing contact between both the VSRU and the VRU, to assist in the implementation of programs and competitions in line with the overall Victorian Rugby strategy to promote interest and growth of rugby participation within schools.
Justin’s list of coaching involvement is far-reaching; as a previous coach of the Victorian U18 Schoolboys, Melbourne Rebels U20s, the Marcellin 1st XV coach and the Moorabbin Rugby Club 1st COach

Conor Daly
Elite Strength and Conditioning & Sports Development Officer
Conor joins the Community Team from County Leitrim in the west of Ireland. Prior to making the move to the Southern Hemisphere he successfully obtained multiple qualifications including an Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and also an Honours Diploma in primary education.
During Conor’s time at the Melbourne Rebels he has worked as a strength and Conditioning coach for various State teams including the U16 and U18 teams. Conor also oversaw the Inaugural side of the Junior Gold Cup U17 team who progressed through to the National Final.
Conor also holds experience as a Strength and Conditioning consultant in Ireland – assisting in both minor football leagues and senior school sports who benefited in successful seasons thanks to his mentoring and assistance.
Currently he is the lead Strength and Conditioning coach for the Elite Pathways Program along with a Sports Development Officer role. Alongside his full-time work Conor is completing a masters in Strength and Conditioning online through Edith Cowan University in Perth.

Nic Henderson
Manager, Elite Pathways & Coach Education
Nic is a former Brumby, Western Force, Wallaby and Rebels player. Over an 11 year career he managed 119 Super Rugby caps and 3 tests before retiring in 2013.
Having been part of the Brumbies and Rebels senior leadership groups, Nic has also played a large role within the Victorian Rugby Community through his coaching and community engagement work.
Nic’s passion lies with Elite player development and coaching, and he currently manages our Elite Pathways and Coach Education. Nic is charged with bringing the first crop of Victorians through into the Rebels