Rugby Australia has locked in a three-member panel to conduct an exterior evaluate into what went fallacious for the Wallabies in 2023, together with their humiliating exit from the World Cup within the group stage underneath Eddie Jones.
The Wallabies have been speculated to take pleasure in a resurgence underneath Jones, who returned to the position in January on a five-year deal, however the coach didn’t final 12 months, with Australia profitable simply two of its 9 Tests.
A winless Rugby Championship was adopted by a disastrous World Cup marketing campaign throughout which the Wallabies misplaced to Wales and Fiji, with Jones choosing a younger aspect with quite a lot of skilled heads left again in Australia.
The World Cup was rapidly overshadowed by a bombshell report that Jones had interviewed for the Japanese head coach position, and whereas he has denied these claims, his time with the Wallabies will formally finish on November 25.
He will, nevertheless, be invited to share his ideas as a part of the evaluate.
“As rugby fans, we were all disappointed in the results at the World Cup – the performance was not good enough for a proud rugby nation like ours,” Rugby Australia chief govt Phil Waugh mentioned.
“We had a new coach, new staff and a lot of new players – many of whom have only just started their careers and who will be the future stars of Australian rugby.
“The Wallabies have a proud history as one of Australia’s most-loved sporting teams, and it is our responsibility as custodians to continually seek to improve performance and deliver a world-class program.”
That begins with an exterior evaluate into what went fallacious this yr, with former Wallabies skipper Andrew Slack, 34-Test veteran Justin Harrison and famend business skilled Darlene Harrison forming the panel that may even embody a Pasifika adviser to help the method.
Slack is a member of the Wallaby corridor of fame, whereas Harrison is the chief govt of the rugby union gamers’ affiliation.
Their intimate rugby data shall be supported by Harrison, who has greater than 20 years of expertise in elite sport roles, together with spending greater than a decade with the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport.
The panel will spend the subsequent few weeks reviewing the technique and construction of Australia’s performances this yr, with the board hoping to obtain their findings by the tip of 2023.
“Andrew, Justin and Darlene are highly respected, and I believe they possess the credentials to be able to deliver a thorough and considered external review,” Waugh mentioned.