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Panel named to help decide replacement for Connolly as Wallabies coach

Panel named to help decide replacement for Connolly as Wallabies coach

Ten days out from this year's Rugby World Cup, Australian officials are advertising for a replacement for coach John Connolly.
With the Wallabies in Portugal for a pre-World Cup training camp, the Australian Rugby Union on Tuesday appointed a selection panel to decide on a new coach and said it will begin advertising this week.
Connolly will step down from the post at the end of the World Cup in October, with the ARU aiming to name his successor by late November.
New Zealander Robbie Deans, current Wallabies assistant Scott Johnson and former ACT Brumbies coach and Wallaby hooker David Nucifora are believed to be the main contenders for the job.
The six-member panel will be chaired by ARU chief executive John O'Neill, and include ARU directors and former Wallabies Rod McCall, Mark Connors, Brett Robinson, Michael Hawker and Pat Howard, head of the Wallaby high-performance unit.
Last month, O'Neill said Canterbury Crusaders coach Deans would be among those on the possibilities list, but that the race to replace Connolly next year was still wide open.
"It's absolutely wrong to think that Robbie Deans has got the job," O'Neill said. "The fact that Robbie Deans has been given some element of favoritism, you don't have to be Einstein to work out his credentials are pretty good. He's probably the most consistent, successful provincial coach in the world.


Updated : 2021-06-13 14:00 GMT+08:00