When Darren Coleman told the LA Giltinis he was leaving one season into a three-year deal last Thursday, the entire squad stood up and clapped.
Wallabies greats Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper, as well as Waratahs Super Rugby-winning captain Dave Dennis, were part of the 35-man group who Coleman hand-picked to lead the Giltinis to the top of the Major League Rugby competition.
The lifelong coach, who threw away the boots and as a 22-year-old to set about a career in coaching, has landed his dream job.
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On Thursday, Coleman, in the Cigar Room at the Staples Center at halftime of Game Six in the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Suns and Clippers, was announced as the Waratahs coach two years after missing out on the role to Rob Penney.