Tim Lane (rugby union)

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Tim Lane
Birth nameTimothy Alan Lane
Date of birth (1959-11-24) 24 November 1959 (age 63)
Place of birth Coonabarabran, NSW
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Fly-half
Amateur team(s)
Wests Bulldogs
Provincial / State sides
1981–87 Queensland ()
National team(s)
1985 Australia 3 (8)2t
Coaching career
1997, 2011–12
2013–March 15
Clermont Ferrand
Golden Cats
Ricoh Black Rams
Lyon OU

Tim Lane (born 24 November 1959, in Coonabarabran, New South Wales) is an Australian rugby union coach and former player.


Playing career

Lane played either in the centres or at fly-half. He represented Queensland from 1981 to 1987, [1] and also won three caps for the Wallabies in 1985. [2]

Coaching career

He started his coaching career at the Manly club in Sydney where in one season took them to an undefeated premiership. In 1998 he took on the job of an assistant coach for the Wallabies, coaching the back-line during which time the team won the Bledisloe Cup and Tri- Nations and the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. In 2000 he took over coaching at Clermont Ferrand in France where he took the club to the final in his first season.

At the end of the 2000-01 French season he joined the Springboks as an assistant coach for the back-line. Following coaching appointments with the Cats, the Italian national side, the Ricoh Black Rams and CA Brive he joined Toulon in January 2007 for the remainder of the 2006/07 season as general manager and backs coach. [3] He was successful in helping the club in its bid for promotion to the Top 14. [3] [4] [5]

Lane was appointed head coach of the Georgia national rugby union team in February 2008. [6] Despite achieving good results, he was controversially sacked from the Georgian job in 2010. [7] He then returned to Australia and took up the head coaching position again at Manly for the 2011 Shute Shield season. [8]

Lane was appointed as head coach of Lyon OU in 2013, winning the Rugby Pro D2 title with the club and gaining promotion to the French Top 14. However, with six rounds remaining in the 2014–15 season, he was sacked by Lyon with a 7–13 win–loss record at the club. [9]

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  1. "Queensland Representatives". Wests Bulldogs. 2015. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. "Tim Lane gets first cap at centre against Canada: Wallabies after five in a row". The Canberra Times. 14 June 1985.
  3. 1 2 "Rugby: Lane to coach Toulon". NZ Herald. 18 January 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  4. "Rugby Union: Tim Lane and Jeff Miller named as assistant coaches to Australian rugby union team" . The Independent. 22 September 2007. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  5. "Tim shown the fast Lane by SA Rugby". Independent Online. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  6. "Tim Lane's Georgia on brink of RWC finals". The Australian. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  7. "World Cup - Team Guide: Georgia". Eurosport. 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  8. 2011 Sydney Premier Rugby: Round 2 Preview, Waratahs Rugby. 7 April 2011.
  9. Australian coach Lane sacked by Lyon. SBS. 23 March 2015
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