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Hill lands Rebels role

Melbourne Rebels have confirmed Damien Hill will take over from Rod Macqueen as head coach for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

With Macqueen moving upstairs as director of coaching, Hill steps up from his current role as assistant coach into the top job.

Hill boasts an outstanding coaching pedigree, having led Sydney University to three consecutive premierships before heading south to learn under the 1999 World Cup-winning mentor this season.

"I am grateful for the confidence that the board of the Rebels has shown in confirming our succession plan for coaching," Hill said.

"This is the next step for me and I am fortunate to have the ongoing support of Rod."

Macqueen has backed Hill to follow on the hard work laid during a testing inaugural season highlighted by just three wins from 15 matches and the wooden spoon.

"When selecting the coaching staff we always had succession planning in place," Macqueen said.

"Damien is very respected by peers and players alike, and he strongly reflects the culture that we are endeavouring to build at the Rebels."

Macqueen's final match in charge will be Friday night's home game against Western Force at AAMI Park.

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