Jul 07, 2017
Matt Williams confirmed as Timisoara Saracens’ new Head Coach
Timisoara Saracens confirm the appointment as Head Coach of Matt Williams, former Scotland Head Coach and Leinster Director of Rugby and Backs Coach, on a three year deal.
With an expertise of over 20 years in coaching European and Australian elite rugby and impressive results, Australian Matt Williams accepted the challenge of returning to the Northern Hemisphere to lead Romania’s champions for the next three seasons.
"I am delighted to begin working with Timisoara Saracens. I have been very impressed with the clubs highly ambitious plans to succeed. As rugby in Romania is expanding in both quality and performance, I am looking forward to commencing the hard work, along side the players and management team to ensure that Timisoara Saracens remain at the top of Romanian rugby and fighting to make a mark in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
"I would like to thank the club’s leadership for having the belief in me to lead the team at this exciting time in the club’s history."
Williams was appointed the Wallabies’ Assistant Coach for the World Rugby Championship training camps in 1995 and in 1998 lead NWS Waratahs to their Ricoh National Championship title. His inspirational leadership made a mark during his 8 years of European rugby, as Director of Rugby with Leinster rugby (1999-2003), Defensive Coach of Ireland (2001), Head Coach of Ireland “A” (2002-2003), Head Coach of Scotland (2003-2005) and Head Coach of Ulster Rugby (2007-2009).
When appointed Head Coach of Ireland “A” in 2002, Matt was assisted by Saracens’ current Director of Rugby, Mark McCall, Ulster’s Head Coach at that time. In 2007, when Mark McCall made the move to England, Matt Williams succeeded him at the province.
Following Williams' appointment Timisoara CEO Dusan Filipas said "The 2021 Timisoara Saracens project continues and we are now at its mid-stage. We are set that four years from now Timisoara Saracens will be the first Romanian team to qualify for the ER Challenge Cup quarter finals. It is a daring goal, but not impossible, a goal which we believe honours our city, our club and Romanian rugby. I’d like to thank Matt Williams for accepting the offer to join our club. He is the coach which our club needs to step up the ladder of European achievements. We never settle for less, we are determined to keep making history and I am confident that Matt will help us reach this goal.”