Australia’s new high performance director, Peter Horne, has expressed that he is looking for the best candidate, regardless of nationality, to take on the Wallabies coaching job. Horne, who officially starts his new role in March, will be working with Rugby Australia CEO to develop the appropriate selection panel.
Horne wants to ensure that the right process is in place, and aims to have the coaching job filled by the first quarter of 2024. He acknowledged that time is limited, but emphasized the importance of getting the process right.
Although Horne has a close relationship with Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt, he is open to considering candidates from all nationalities, including Australians. He emphasized the need for the right fit to ensure success for the team.
In addition to appointing a new head coach, Horne’s role will extend to shaping the future of Australian rugby, including talent development and retention. He highlighted the importance of engaging with key stakeholders and creating an aligned structure within the sport, from community level to the elite level.
Rugby Australia CEO, Waugh, also emphasized the importance of rebuilding trust with the playing group, particularly in light of recent disgruntlement from senior players. The post-World Cup review is still in progress, with a focus on improving engagement with players.
Overall, both Horne and Rugby Australia are focused on bringing success to Australian rugby, with Horne aiming to apply his global expertise to the specific needs of Australian rugby.