BSM International’s Omar Mouneimne will be joining French Top 14 giants Stade Français Paris as the clubs new defence coach. A world class operator, Omar has worked wonders since joining the Sharks Super rugby franchise ahead of the 2016 season. The Sharks’ defence improved dramatically under his expert guidance, with their tackle success rate of 86.3% the fourth best in Super Rugby. This feat is made even more impressive given the way the Sharks defence had struggled prior to Omar’s arrival and there is no doubting the positive impact Omar made on their season as they reached the Super rugby QF’s.
Commenting on his departure, Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said: “Omar has worked tremendously hard on our defensive structures over the past few months. His efforts resulted in us being one of the top defensive teams in the 2016 Super Rugby competition.
“We thank him for his invaluable contribution to the team, in a short space of time, and wish him the very best for this new opportunity he has decided to pursue.”
Omar added: “Never in my life have I felt this truly accepted as I did at The Sharks. This is truly a wonderful family environment and I would like to thank Gary Gold for giving me the wonderful opportunity to join this team.
“My thanks are also extended to John Smit for always having an open-door policy and assisting me, the Sharks staff for being unbelievable, but most of all I would like to thank the players for their tireless work ethic and for accepting my methods. This place is world-class.”
Commenting on his impending move to stade, Omar added:
“For me Stade Français Paris are synonymous with French rugby. I am truly blessed and humbled to be joining a club with such a rich and wonderful history. I have always respected the strength and competitive nature of the Top 14 competition. I would like to thank Gonzalo and the President for giving me this fantastic opportunity. I can assure the clubs supporters that I will be working hard to help the team achieve our goals as we strive to compete on all fronts this season.”