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Ex Jersey Reds boss lands new job in the United States

By Josh Raisey
Jersey Reds' Head Coach Rob Webber during the Premiership Rugby Cup Round 2 Pool C much between Bath Rugby and Jersey Reds at The Recreation Ground on September 16, 2023 in Bath, England. (Photo by Bob Bradford - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Major League Rugby outfit the Chicago Hounds have announced that former Jersey Reds boss Rob Webber has joined as their new forwards club after the Championship outfit went into administration last month.

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Webber guided the Reds to their first ever Championship title last season and a victory Bath in the Premiership Rugby Cup just weeks before the club went bust last month. But he has now been recruited by the Hounds in the United States, where he will work under head coach Sam Harris.

“Rob’s a huge pickup for the Hounds,” said CEO and General Manager James English. “The ex-England international has proven himself as one of the top young coaches in Europe.

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“Rob will no doubt be a huge addition on and off the field for the Hounds. Welcome Rob and family to Dawg Town.”

In their inaugural season in MLR, the Hounds finished second from bottom in the Western Conference and will be looking to improve on that with the help of the 16-cap England international when the new season begins next year.

Webber seemed to be as shocked as anyone else when he found out that the Jersey Reds had ceased trading at the end of September, writing on X: “We were led to believe we were in a position of strength. Financially secure. Building until the leagues restructured, then we’d make our move!

“Then we find out over night that it has all been a lie?

“From Champions to this….

“It’s been an honour to lead this group.”

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