With the conclusion of season 2023, we bid goodbye to Eddie Jones and look towards the future with optimism. As Yazz and the Plastic Population sang in the 80s, ‘the only way is up, baby’. However, optimism is in short supply due to the disappointment with the previous coach’s performance and the lack of trust in the board. The main roles for the Wallabies going forward are outlined below.
For the Head Coach position, Ronan O’Gara is a promising candidate due to his successful work with La Rochelle, focusing on building a strong forward pack and aggressive attacking strategies. Darren Coleman is suggested as a General Manager/Right Hand Man due to his team culture and ability to nurture younger players. Former referee Wayne Barnes is recommended to join the squad, bringing valuable experience and expertise.
Stephen Larkham and Matt Giteau are potential attack coaches, with Larkham bringing valuable experience from Munster, and Giteau providing extensive intellectual property as an assistant coach. For the defense coach role, Les Kiss is suggested due to his track record with the Springboks and Waratahs. Geoff Parling is recommended as the lineout coach, and Brad Thorn as the scrum and maul coach, for their expertise in these areas.
Dave Alred is suggested as the kicking and skills coach, bringing experience from working with top players around the world. Finally, John Eales is recommended as the RA Chairman, bringing a wealth of respect and experience to the role.
The team dynamics need improvement, particularly in the back row, with a need for more balance. Josh Nasser is acknowledged as a promising player, and Izzy Perese is praised for his power and determination. Max Jorgensen is suggested as a potential candidate for the 15 position, and Tate McDermott is noted for his embodiment of the ‘Keep Ball Alive’ mantra.
In conclusion, the future of the Wallabies looks promising with the potential appointments outlined above and a focus on improving team dynamics and player development.