Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Rugby Australia appoints panel to conduct post World Cup Wallabies review

Rugby Australia appoints panel to conduct post World Cup Wallabies review
November 6, 2019

Rugby Australia has announced the formation of a panel to review the performance of the Wallabies following their inconsistent 2019 season and the team’s exit from the Rugby World Cup at the quarter final stage, having lost two of their five tournament matches.

Rugby Australia Director Scott Johnson will also work alongside a three person panel to deliver the review over the next month, which will be run separately to the process of appointing a new Wallabies coach.

The panel will consist of 116-Test Wallabies forward Nathan Sharpe, former Wallaby and cricket administrator Pat Howard and four-time Olympic rower and sport performance consultant Bo Hanson.

The review will involve interviewing all Test players and staff and encompass the World Cup campaign as well as other internationals and will consider coaching, planning, athletic performance, campaign preparation, team cohesion and selection processes.

A former Wallaby with 20 Test caps, Howard led Rugby Australia’s High Performance Unit before joining Cricket Australia in 2011.

With Cricket Australia he rose to the position of Executive General Manager of Team Performance, responsible for the Test team’s high-performance unit but was asked to step down late last year following a critical review into Cricket Australia and the ball-tampering affair.

He is currently Chief Executive of ASX-listed sport, golf and venue technology company MSL.

Hanson, who won three Olympic medals from his four campaigns between 1996 and 2004, is a Director of an international sport performance consultancy Athlete Assessments. He has worked previously with the Queensland Reds and Australian Sevens teams.

Sharpe, a former Wallabies Captain and dual John Eales-medallist, will offer valuable input as one of Australia’s most experienced modern-day players. The highly-regarded Wallabies lock is one of only 11 Australian Test centurions and has remained closely connected to the game since his retirement from international rugby in 2012.

Outcomes of the review will be used in preparation for the 2020 international season and future Rugby World Cup and Olympic Games campaigns.

The review of the 2019 season comes on the back of significant changes to Rugby Australia’s High Performance structure implemented in late 2018, which included the appointed of Scott Johnson into the new role of Director of Rugby.

The 2018 restructure also resulted in the appointment of a Wallabies selection panel, the implementation of an integrated High Performance plan across the national and Super Rugby programs, an overhaul of player pathways, and a renewed focus on the recruitment and retention of Australia’s best young rugby talent.

Introducing the review, Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle advised “12 months ago Rugby Australia completed a restructure of its High Performance environment and whilst we’ve made significant progress in a number of areas, the new structure is only in its early stages and still needs time to bed-in completely and show long-term results.

“The review of the recently-completed Wallabies season will be led by a three-member panel who combined will offer significant expertise and experience from both within and outside the sport, and from both an on and off-field perspective.

“Having (Howard, Hanson and Sharpe) leading the process will provide a well-rounded perspective on the Wallabies program and enable us to take forward any key learnings for delivery into the major tournament preparations of all of our national teams over the next four-year cycle.”

Image: Captain Michael Hooper leads the Wallabies. Courtesy of Facebook/Rugby Australia.

Related Articles

17th September 2019 - Rugby Australia forms alliance to increase participation in the LGBTIQ community

3rd September 2019 - New MPower MSL Chief Executive appointed to lead growth strategy

9th August 2019 - Injury concerns force World Rugby to introduce new tackling laws

20th June 2019 - World Rugby scraps plans for new Nations Championship

24th May 2019 - Rugby Australia Chairman acknowledges reputation damage from Israel Folau saga

16th May 2019 - Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings joins MPOWER MSL Board

9th April 2019 - Rugby Australia announces $5.2 million surplus for 2018

16th February 2019 - Rugby Australia uses charitable foundation to pay elite player salaries

6th February 2019 - Rugby Australia plans for ongoing growth of women’s game

5th February 2019 - Rugby Australia Chief Executive enthusiastic about World League plans

21st September 2019 - Competition opening sees Japan looking to stage ‘best-ever’ Rugby World Cup

2nd May 2019 - Australian Government supports scoping work ahead of potential 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

7th February 2019 - 2019 Rugby World Cup approaches sell-out

19th January 2019 - Rugby Australia releases review of serious injuries at Queensland GPS schools

14th November 2018 - Sell-out for 2019 Bledisloe Cup clash in Perth

9th November 2018 - Purge of administrators continues at Cricket Australia

20th May 2018 - Raelene Castle shares plan to revive Australian rugby


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

HTS Group Ltd

HTS Group Ltd provides a complete design, system integration, installation and maintenance package to the transportation, traffic engineering, parking and sports timing industries in New Zealand,…

read more

Aquatics / Events / Sport / Technology

 
 

LINKS MODULAR SOLUTIONS

Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

VLOCKER

Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Safety / Security / Venues

 
 

AAC ID SOLUTIONS

AAC ID Solutions is a leading supplier of identification access wristbands, barcoded wristband tickets, lanyards, membership products and RFID solutions for events and venues, working with thousands…

read more

Access / Marketing / Safety / Ticketing

 
 

Ecoline

Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…

read more

Attractions / Environment / Safety / Tourism

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business