Rugby Australia is formally accepting applications for the head coach of the Wallabies. According to a post on LinkedIn, the governing body announced that the position would headline “the most exciting era ever” for the code in Australia, headlining several upcoming events. “The role is critical in Rugby AU’s pursuit to achieve its strong ambition of the Wallabies being a consistently winning and impactful international rugby program,” the statement read.
Expressing interest in the role has already been linked to international coaches Joe Schmidt and Ian Foster, as well as homegrown talent Stephen Larkham and Dan McKellar. CEO Phil Waugh admitted that time was against them to select a coach, with Wales set to arrive on Australian shores in July 2024 for a three-match series. Horne has also echoed Waugh’s sentiments, being open to a foreign coach for the Wallabies. Joseph Manu of the Roosters has shown interest in a swap to Japanese rugby, due to a lucrative contract offer.
Warren Gatland has called for a change in rugby laws following his side’s World Cup quarter-final defeat. He called for the abolition of the ‘mark’ rule in the 22 and other changes to rugby’s officiating in 2024. He also proposed a red card strategy and changes to the 50-22 kicking law and scrapping of the 22 ‘mark’ rule. The Western Force has received a significant endorsement in their push for a maiden Super W title in 2024, with Wallaroos Michaela Leonard and Trilleen Pomare extending their stay at the club for a further two seasons.