Omar Mouneimne appointed new defence coach of Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter
Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter

Exeter Chiefs have announced the appointment of Omar Mouneimne as the new defence coach ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Mouneimne began his coaching career in 2006 with South Africa's Sevens team in the World Series before moving to Super Rugby side the Stormers in 2008, helping them reach the 2010 Super Rugby final.

Having also been part of Western Province previously, Mouneimne also was the defence coach of Italy when they went on to beat France in 2011 and also had worked with Stormers, Kings and Sharks in South Africa, Edinburgh in Scotland, Stade Francais in France, as well as Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears in England.

“I am truly honoured to be joining a club of Exeter’s stature," he told the club's official website.

"They are one of the standard-bearers in terms of rugby, not just here in England, but across Europe too. Having the chance to be part of Rob Baxter’s coaching set-up is truly something special and I feel I will learn so much from the group they have here at the club.

“Having spoken in detail with Rob, Ali Hepher and the other coaches, I’m excited at the challenge that lies ahead. This is a club that are used to winning every game and reaching finals. They are ambitious, they are exciting and, most importantly, they are winners.

“I’ve no doubt that I will add to my experience and my coaching philosophies by coming here.

"Anyone who knows their rugby knows that the Chiefs have an unbelievable culture, a work-rate that is second to none, and a playing group who expect so much from one another."

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter welcomed Mouneimne to the club.

“I wanted to get a bit of a change in vibe in the coaching room, as well as the actual tactics and techniques we would be using,” said Baxter.

“I’ve known Omar around the Premiership for a few years now and knew he was available, so I met up with him and had a very good meeting.

“He has a lot of experience, whether it be club level or at international level, which I think will be very important to us. Having a fresh voice for the players, whether it be in the way he talks or the way he challenges them, it will be good to have that little something different.

“Also, the way he works around the contact area is something we do need some specialist coaching in as well. It’s an area where we have dropped off a little, but I think he can come in and really re-energise and revitalise us.”