Adam Coleman gets the nod to skipper the Rebels.
Adam Coleman gets the nod to skipper the Rebels.

Coleman ‘excited’ to take on Rebels captaincy

WHERE they have come from is not important.

New Melbourne Rebels captain Adam Coleman says his side's new-look playing group is a united force heading into its bold new era.

And so, the 26-year-old surmises, it does not matter that he, as one of 12 players to cross the divide from the now-defunct Western Force, has been named as skipper for the first season of what he says is essentially a merger of two clubs.

"It's a credit to the boys as to how they've come together and how seamlessly that transition period has happened," Coleman said at his unveiling as captain.

"It says a lot about how they are as people, not just players, as to how closely they've come together.

"It's been a lot easier than we first imagined.

"When two teams basically merge, as such, and there's probably 20 player still here from the Rebels, there's always going to be teething problems.

"I don't think there was one in particular (potential problem) we were worried about, it was just how quickly it could happen - because we have to turn this ship around pretty quickly.

"I think we've done a great job, but there's still a way to go."

Wallabies international Coleman was one of the last Force players to sign for the Rebels, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal in November.

Rebels coach Dave Wessels, who also crossed from Perth, wasted no time sounding the towering lock out about a leadership role.

Dave Wessels has every confidence in Adam Coleman as skipper.
Dave Wessels has every confidence in Adam Coleman as skipper.

But Coleman admits he was hesitant at first.

"I was surprised," he said.

"It was about a month and a bit ago, Dave came to me and asked me and I said I'd think about it, because it is a lot of responsibility.

"But I feel like I'm ready and I'm really excited about it.

"I've been in various leadership roles in my old team and last year with the Wallabies I was in the leadership group there and really enjoyed that responsibility."

The Rebels also on Tuesday announced their first women's captain, Jayne Kareroa, for the inaugural Super W competition.

The four-game round robin season kicks off in March, but fans will get their first glimpse of some of the players at the weekend's Global 10s event in Brisbane.

Kareora played for the Cook Islands at last year's Rugby League World Cup before making the switch.

"It's a privilege to be named captain for the Super W," Kareora said.

"I got an invitation when I was at the World Cup and I said 'yeah, I'll give it a go', coming back to rugby union.

"So I've come back, trained and here we are."