legend, named as new director of rugby operations

Rugby Australia has come closer to naming its new director of high-performance, and it could result in the hiring of renowned coach Joe Schmidt. World Rugby’s director of high-performance, Peter Horne, is set to take on the role, having edged out other candidates for the position including former Sydney University, Australian Sevens, and Harlequins’ director of rugby Billy Millard. The negotiations are being finalized, and it is expected that Horne will be officially announced once he wraps up meetings with World Rugby.

Horne’s appointment signifies Rugby Australia’s shift towards an administrative approach, and it reflects the organization’s desire to restructure the high-performance programs. Horne’s role will place him at the top of the high-performance hierarchy, overseeing all of Australia’s men’s and women’s high-performance programs. He will also be responsible for integrating the programs, particularly within Super Rugby.

The move to bring in Horne may also help in securing the highly-regarded Joe Schmidt for the vacant Wallabies job. Schmidt, a former Ireland coach and All Blacks assistant, has worked closely with Horne during their time at World Rugby. With the Wallabies seeking a new coach to replace Eddie Jones, Schmidt’s expertise and working relationship with Horne make him a favorable candidate.

Schmidt’s coaching credentials include leading Ireland to the top of World Rugby’s rankings and transforming the team into one of the world’s best. His attention to detail and strategic approach could significantly benefit the Wallabies program.

Rugby Australia’s effort to hire Schmidt has also been met with support from Super Rugby franchises, indicating a widespread acknowledgment of his potential impact. If Schmidt were to join the Wallabies, it could mark a significant turning point for the team and the broader rugby community in Australia.

Overall, Rugby Australia’s move to name a new high-performance director and potentially secure Joe Schmidt as the new Wallabies coach signals a significant shift in the organization’s leadership and future direction.