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New Rugby Australia chairman Daniel Herbert confirmed he is not going to search for a “sugar hit” and title an instantaneous successor to Eddie Jones however will as a substitute appoint a director of excessive efficiency first.

Herbert changed Hamish McClennan late on Sunday night time after 48 hours of emergency board conferences and has already revealed his want to restructure Australian rugby.

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And it begins with a director of excessive efficiency, who will then lead the hunt for the subsequent Wallabies coach after Jones resigned within the wake of a horror World Cup displaying.

“The next couple of months is important putting the foundations in,” Herbert stated.

“We keep looking for a sugar hit, it’s just not coming.

“We need to put the foundations in, we need to get the right people in and then we need to get the unity.

“We haven’t gone to market for the Wallaby coach and we won’t until we place the high performance director.

“I’ve been trying to get the message across that changing a coach doesn’t fix what’s going on right now.

“I know it makes people feel better if we’ve got a certain coach in place for a period of time, but eventually the scoreboard comes into play. And that’s when you get found out.

“We can’t take a short-term focus and we have to put the foundations in place and that starts with a good high-performance director that can come in and then run the process to find the coach, and make sure that we find the right fit for our playing group and the right person who can address some of the team’s shortcomings of late.”

Daniel Herbert vowed to put a high performance director in place before appointing a new Wallabies coach. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
Daniel Herbert vowed to place a excessive efficiency director in place earlier than appointing a brand new Wallabies coach. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images


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Herbert additionally acknowledged he hopes to have a brand new Wallabies coach put in by February, forward of the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season.

In phrases of who might take up the excessive efficiency function, The Roar listed Harlequins’ Director of Rugby Billy Millard and World Rugby director of excessive efficiency Peter Horne as two potential candidates.

The Daily Telegraph additionally named former Wallabies Rod Kafer and Morgan Turinui as different candidates together with former RUPA CEO Justin Harrison and ex-Brumbies and Sevens coach Andy Friend.

Herbert additionally revealed he was the unanimous option to tackle the function, with each board director apart from McClennan voting in favour of him.

“We joined the call and then both of us were asked to leave the call,” Herbert stated.

“And then I was joined and told of the decision.

“And then he (McClennan) was called and asked to rejoin the meeting, and he asked for the result and didn’t rejoin the meeting.”

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