The Wallaroos’ new head coach is former England scrum-half Jo Yapp. The 44-year-old has signed a two-year deal and is set to lead the team through to the 2025 World Cup. Yapp served as the England under-20s coach and Worcester director of rugby before taking on her new role. Rugby Australia officially announced her appointment on Tuesday.
Yapp expressed her excitement about taking on the role, citing the team’s recent successes and the talent in the country. She looks forward to building towards the 2025 Rugby World Cup. Her appointment comes after Jay Tregonning stepped down as head coach following the Wallaroos’ victories over France and Wales.
Yapp’s coaching career has seen her rise through the ranks, and her experience will be valuable for the Wallaroos. Rugby Australia sees her appointment as pivotal in growing women’s rugby in Australia. With a renewed focus on developing the women’s XVs program, including semi-professional contracts, Yapp’s arrival signals a step forward for the Wallaroos.