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Rugby-Australia ignores Johnson, coach quits male and female to swap jobs

Scotland Rugby Director Scott Johnson arrives for the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw at the Kyoto State Guest House in Kyoto
FILE PHOTO: Scotland Rugby Director Scott Johnson arrives for the Rugby World Cup 2019 draw at the Kyoto State Guest House in Kyoto, western Japan May 10, 2017. REUTERS / Issei Kato

December 10, 2021

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rugby Australia will not renew Rugby Director Scott Johnson’s contract when it expires at the end of the year as it reviews its structure, the regulator said on Friday.

The former Scotland manager was brought in by former chief executive Raelene Castle in 2018 to try to reignite Michael Cheika as her relationship with the Wallabies coach soured at the end of Australia’s worst testing season in 60 years.

Johnson oversaw a selection panel that selected the Wallabies team alongside Cheika and pushed for a new high-performance structure where Super Rugby teams would work more closely with national team coaches modeled New Zealand.

Cheika and Castle both left within months of Australia reaching the quarter-finals at the 2019 World Cup to be replaced by Dave Rennie and Andy Marinos.

“He has stepped into his role at a difficult time in Australian rugby and has played a pivotal role at a pivotal time for the Australian game,” Marinos said in a statement today. Friday.

“We have begun a review of our high-performance program to foster a productive environment that delivers sustained success for all of our teams.”

Marinos also announced that the coaches of the men’s and women’s programs will be swapping jobs.

Tim Walsh returned to the role he held from 2013 to 2018, when he led the Australian women’s team to a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a silver at the Commonwealth Games two years later. .

John Manenti, who has led the women’s program for the past three years, will take over the men’s team. Both appointments come in 2024.

“We look forward to seeing what they can do over the next three years as we prepare not only for the Commonwealth Games and the Sevens World Cup later this year, but also for the World Cup,” said Marinos. Olympics in Paris in 2024.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Ed Osmond)

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