Blake joins Wallabies staff
October 19, 2010
Phil Blake passes on instructions during Wallabies training © Getty Images
Manly coach Phil Blake will join the Australia coaching staff for their upcoming November tour.
The former rugby league player has signed a short-term deal to replace skills coach Richard Graham, who has taken over the reins at the Western Force Super Rugby franchise following John Mitchell's defection to the Lions.
Blake played first-grade football for six league sides between 1982 and 1997 before beginning his coaching career with Southern Districts in 2006.
He joined Manly the following year and successfully guided his side to the semi-finals of the Shute Shield in 2010, where they were beaten by Randwick.
He completes the coaching staff for the tour, which takes in Tests against New Zealand, England, France, Italy and Wales and midweek fixtures against Leicester and Munster. Head coach Robbie Deans will again be assisted by Jim Williams and David Nucifora.
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