Wallabies coaching staff to be overhauled


    15 Sep 2010     getty

Graham, the Western Force's newly appointed head coach - taking over from new Lions coach John Mitchell - will move to Perth in the coming weeks as the players begin to assemble for the 2011 Investec Super rugby season.

The Melbourne Rebels will gather as a squad for the first time in October, the earliest of any franchise, but with no domestic competition most Australian teams will link up at the latest by November.

ARU chief executive John O'Neill said at the launch of the Super Rugby season that Deans and high performance manager David Nucifora would meet to discuss Graham's replacement.

It is expected that a decision will be announced on September 24, when the ARU holds their next board meeting.

It is believed that there will be an interim announcement.

Deans has said that he does not expect their to be many candidates, as most coaches or senior assitants would already have been appointed to posts for next year.

It is believed that Nucifora may temporarily move into the role, for he is a test selector and has operated very much as a 'gap filler' in regards to supporting Deans in coaching both with the Wallabies, as well as with the Australian Under-20's team.

Nucifora, a former coach at Super 14 level with both the ACT Brumbies and the Blues, could link up with the side as they head North for five tests, against the All Blacks, Welsh, English, Italians and French on consecutive weekeneds.

The Wallabies have also appointed a new team manager, with Rob Egerton taking over.

O'Neill, who was complimentary of the new Investec Tri Nations champions the All Blacks, said that the most important aspect of the recently completed tournament was that there was an improved spectacle via the new law interpretations, but that consistency in the way the rules were applied was paramount.

The Wallabies camp questioned some of the interpretations of South African referee Mark Lawrence during their one-point loss to the All Blacks in Sydney.

"We're very pleased the interpretive emphasis that SANZAR introduced into Super Rugby and Tri Nations has greatly improved the spectacle," O'Neill said.

"We've seen much better rugby, and we're very emphatic that the interpretive emphasis is carried through to the next World Cup. If we are going to avoid a repeat of the 2007 World Cup, you want to see rugby in New Zealand next year of the sort of quality we saw in the Tri Nations this year. Referees via the International Rugby Board have to be reminded that those interpretations are to be absolutely applied consistently."