Next Game Kings v Melbourne Rebels

Sun, April 30. 3:30AM,
70 Prince Alfred Road


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.

Catherine Couacaud
Executive Assistant
Cath joined the Melbourne Rebels Community team as an Executive Assistant to the Rebels Community General Manager. Behind her, Cath brought 7 years of experience in office administration as well as two years of accounts experience within the corporate business environment.

The Community department has embraced Catherine’s bright and bubbly personality and she has been able to expand her role within her time to now manage and coordinate corporate events from the Weary Dunlop Lunch and National Rugby Competition functions for the newly formed Melbourne Rising.

Outside of Rugby – Cath has a keen interest in sports, representing Victoria in European handball at the National Championships and being a regular participant in social sports including Netball.

Chris Evans
Operations 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 overseeing local community competitions.

Chris is responsible for managing all elements of Community Club Rugby including Junior, Senior and Women’s as well as match officials, volunteer workforce club development and education. Within his role Chris is accountable for implanting and executing Melbourne’s Premier Rugby Competition – the Dewar Shield.

Chris’ experience extends well into the Rugby ranks having run Junior Club Rugby in 2008 and Senior Club Rugby from 2009-2013 as well as numerous Rugby programs in Victoria.

Chris is also responsible for Community Rugby Government Relations and manages key government contracts with Sport and Recreation Victoria, VicHealth and the Australian Rugby Union.
In 2013 Chris became the Match Day Manager for the Melbourne Rebels home matches and is responsible for all aspects of ‘Rugby’ at home matches.

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.

Simon Davis
Chief Executive Officer

Simon graduated from The University of Sydney with a Master of Commerce and has 20 years’ corporate and capital markets experience in business development, marketing, research, financial analysis and advisory work with companies including ANZ Bank, BHP Billiton, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and more recently in the small-to-medium enterprise sector.

A former Victorian Rugby representative, captaining his state in the 2000 Australian Rugby Shield, Simon also holds a long and proud association with the Melbourne University Rugby Football Club (MURFC).

Simon served as a player, reaching a half century of Dewar Shield caps, and after retiring from playing he was the Head Coach of the Dewar Shield side for two seasons. He was then promoted to the Director of Rugby position in 2006, before serving four years as Club President. Furthermore Simon served as the MURFC representative on the University of Melbourne Young Achiever Award Selection Committee, a tertiary education scholarship program for young, bright, talented Victorian Rugby players, and in 2013 was inducted as a life member of the MURFC.

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 – Coach Education, Schools Laison & Five Star Engagement Coordinator
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

Anare Koliavu
Rugby Sevens Elite Pathways Manager
Anare has an extensive background in Rugby 15s and Rugby Sevens as a player and coach. He has represented Western Force in Super Rugby in 2012 and was part of the Fijian National Squad in 2011.  He has also had a broad playing and coaching career in New Zealand, Western Australia and more recently in Victoria with the Melbourne Unicorns Rugby Club.

Anare is currently a Level II coach, is the Head Coach of the VRU Youth 7s side and an Assistant Coach with the Australian Youth 7s team.

Anare graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration from Victoria University, Wellington in 2006.