Phil Waugh confirmed the Wallabies will embark on their first grand slam tour since 2016 and left the possibility of a foreigner becoming the new Australian coach. Waugh is preparing to make a significant decision on the sport’s direction. He discussed several topics on the Big Sports Breakfast radio show, including his role as CEO of Rugby Australia and the future of Australian rugby. He also mentioned his first six months as “brutal” and the need to make key appointments. One of the most crucial decisions will be appointing a new director of high-performance who will also be responsible for appointing the next Wallabies coach. He also mentioned the need to improve the performance of the Super Rugby franchises. Furthermore, he stated that his preference is for a local national coach, but he is open to an overseas candidate. He also highlighted the importance of the women’s program in rugby. Since returning from France, Waugh has been meeting with various stakeholders in Australian rugby. He acknowledged the need for significant change across the high-performance systems and alignment among the Super Rugby clubs. He also confirmed the Wallabies’ upcoming grand slam tour.

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