Exeter Chiefs have today confirmed their new defence coach for the 2022/23 season with the appointment of Omar Mouneimne.
The experienced South African will link up with the Devon club for the start of pre-season training in mid-July and arrives at Sandy Park following a two-year stint with Gallagher Premiership rivals Bristol Bears.
With over 15 years’ experience, Mouneimne – who takes over the role from previous incumbent, Julian Salvi – has previously worked at club level with the Stormers, Kings and Sharks in South Africa, Edinburgh in Scotland, Stade Francais in France, as well as Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears in England.
He also enjoyed two seasons working at Test level with the Italian national team between 2009 and 2011.
Commenting on his move to the Chiefs, Mouneimne said: “I am truly honoured to be joining a club of Exeter’s stature. 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.Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter
“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.
“The blueprint they have created over the years certainly works, but like with everything you have to move with the times and you have to add bits and pieces. That’s what Rob has said to me, he wants me to come in and use my experience and help add something to the whole process moving forward.”