RA Hunts for Wallabies Coach Speed: NRL Star’s ‘SBW-like Move’ Considered, Gatland Calls for ‘Mark’ Removal

Rugby Australia is now accepting expressions of interest for the head coach of the Wallabies and has announced that the most exciting era for the sport in Australia is on the horizon, including events such as the tour of the British and Irish Lions in 2025, the home Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029, and the home Olympics in Brisbane in 2032. The statement also emphasized the critical role the head coach will play in achieving Rugby AU’s ambition of the Wallabies being a consistently winning and impactful international rugby program. The coach will also contribute to the growth and success of the game through stakeholder and community engagements and involvement in Rugby Australia’s strategy development and implementation. Notable names, including international coaches Joe Schmidt and Ian Foster, as well as homegrown talent Stephen Larkham and Dan McKellar, have already been linked to the role.
Expressions of interest are set to close on January 12th, 2024. Roosters star Joey Manu, who is off-contract with the Roosters after next season in the NRL, has been speculated to be considering a switch to rugby union in Japan, where he can reportedly earn a significant contract. Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for officiating changes in rugby, particularly focusing on abolishing the ‘mark’ rule in the 22. Lastly, Wallaroos players Michaela Leonard and Trilleen Pomare have extended their stay at the Western Force for a further two seasons, providing a significant boost to the team’s push for a maiden Super W title in 2024.