Dan Herbert: Reviving the Wallabies and ushering in the end of the ‘arrogant’ Hamish McLennan era

Most Australian citizens woke up to the news that rugby in the media landscape for all the wrong reasons. Rugby Australia appointed a new chairman – Daniel Hebert, which former Wallaby Greg Martin was relieved by. He said, “There’s some hope at last.” Herbert, who joined the RA board in 2020, succeeded Hamish McLennan as the chairman after McLennan was ousted late on Sunday. Herbert said that he was honored to be asked to step up and eager to usher high-performance alignment goals sooner. He also talked about looking past the short-term fixes from rugby league recruits to new head coaches and said the system needed urgent attention. McLennan claimed that his departure was due to a “Queensland takeover”, while Hebert said he would listen to stakeholders and “time would tell” if he will bring change. Former coach John Connolly and Tim Horan spoke highly of Herbert’s character. Rod Macqueen, the World Cup-winning Wallabies coach, backed Herbert to succeed.