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Friday, January 13, 2006


Other Unions / Teams: Get your applications in today

If you were considering it, you only have until today to apply, but it might be a waste of time because according to media reports, it has now become a one horse race.

The man who will take charge of the most difficult position in Australian sport might only be appointed in a couple of weeks time, but all reports indicate that it is basically a done deal that John Connolly will be appointed head coach of Australian rugby if reports by The Australian newspaper are anything to go by.

The Australian reported that the only other candidate to challenge Connolly for the position, Ewan McKenzie, will announce today that he has officially pulled out of the race.

McKenzie expressed interest in taking over the job as national coach but looks set to remain with the Waratahs. Strangely enough, his contract with the finalists from last year comes to an end in May.

In an advertisement campaign launched by the ARU just before Christmas, it stated that candidates interested in the job must have at least “7 years experience as an international coach or a professional coach, preferably as head coach at senior coaching level.”

This effectively ruled out ex-Brumbies and now Auckland boss, David Nucifora.

It was also learned that foreign coaches will not be considered, which rules out Clive Woodward, who is speculated to have applied for the position, and John Mitchell, Western Force and ex All Black coach.

Bob Dwyer, former Wallaby coach who lead the team to a successful World Cup in 1991, and had input in the search for Jones’ successor, was surprised by the advertisement and the conditions.

"I didn't know that seven years of coaching was going to be in the ad for the job," he said. "I would have thought that Nucifora would still have been considered, and that foreign coaches would have been considered. I'm not concerned about looks, it's results that count."

Interviews with short listed candidates are set to take place next week with the coach being appointed in February.


I'm ruled out because I'm a South African.

I had such a REALLY good vision of the future for Australian rugby if they put me in charge.
Yip DavidS

You can surely help them buying a tight 5 from SA.

Not that you would go shopping in the Cape though ;-)
me too, they woudl ahve been 'really' competitive come 2007......

(in the asian cup)
lol @ PA

I see we had a shared vision.....


I'd be looking at the Stellenbosch 9th team......
Or maybe the Harare 7th team

Better choice

Wuppertal does have a first team.

I see you share our vision about the future of Aussie rugby

Damn we would have made a brilliant coaching team...

IF anyone is interested,

Amagluglug, the national U21 soccer side have reached the semis of the junior Afcon Cup with a 1-0 win over Lesotho.

This is the same age group team that produced the Syabonga Nomvete's of this worldand managed to beat Brazil in the Olympics in 2000, reaching the quarter finals then.
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