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Macqueen to step down


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Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen will stand down following the club's final Super Rugby match of the season against Western Force at AAMI Park.

While Macqueen would not confirm or deny the news, a club spokesperson told Melbourne radio the coach would be finishing at the end of the season.

All Macqueen would say was that an announcement would be made by the club early next week.

"This week we really want to concentrate on the last game, obviously it's going to be very important to us," Macqueen said.

"But next week we will be announcing exactly what's happening."

It is understood Macqueen, who came out of retirement to lead the Rebels through their inaugural season, is prepared to pass the baton onto highly-regarded assistant Damien Hill.

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

Macqueen is expected to take on a football director-style role, a la Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse, in 2012.

"We like to do things our way, we're looking to see how that's going to work," Macqueen said.

"There's been some very good positives to come out of the first year, we've done a lot of things right off the field and got a very good presence in Melbourne. We've got to take what we've learnt this year and put it on the paddock next year."

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