Huge shake-up as Australian rugby boss leaves

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By Sam Worthington with AP

The coaches of the Australian men's and women's rugby sevens teams person switched roles and the code's manager of rugby volition permission his occupation erstwhile his declaration expires astatine the extremity of this month.

Rugby Australia connected Friday said Tim Walsh volition instrumentality to his erstwhile presumption overseeing the Australian women's sevens team, which helium led to golden astatine the 2016 Rio Olympics.

John Manenti volition determination from the women's squad to the men's program.

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Australian sevens manager John Manenti speaks to the media successful 2018. (Getty)

Director of rugby Scott Johnson, who was hired 3 years agone to oversee the Wallabies program, volition permission his role.

Rugby Australia said it intends to bring successful a precocious show manager who volition enactment arsenic a liaison betwixt Super Rugby clubs and the sport's nationalist body.

Johnson, who famously wore camouflage cogwheel to a Wallabies media league to mock the "paranoid" All Blacks, had besides served arsenic a Test selector and was integral successful luring manager Dave Rennie to Australia.

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Scott Johnson wears camouflage cogwheel astatine a Wallabies media league successful 2006. (Getty)

"He stepped into his relation astatine a hard clip wrong Australian rugby and has played an important relation astatine an important clip for the crippled successful Australia and leaves Australian rugby successful a amended place," RA main enforcement Andy Marinos said.

Johnson was besides quoted successful the property release.

"I privation to convey Andy, Dave and the squad astatine RA, arsenic good arsenic each of the Australian Super Rugby sides, for their tone of practice implicit the past 3 years. I americium assured that everyone is connected the aforesaid leafage to thrust guardant into this caller epoch to alteration aboriginal success," Johnson said.

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Meanwhile, the sevens coaching swap came aft some Olympic teams fell abbreviated of expectations astatine the Tokyo Games.

The women's team's defence of its Rio Games golden ended with a quarterfinal nonaccomplishment to Fiji, the eventual bronze medalist.

The men besides mislaid to the champion Fijians successful the quarterfinals.

Australia's men's sevens squad aft losing their quarter-final against Fiji, (Getty)

An RA reappraisal decided some coaches were amended suited to the other's program, with the brace nether declaration until the extremity of 2024.

That means they'll apt instrumentality their respective teams to the Paris Olympics that year.

"After cautious consideration, we felt they were the champion 2 coaches to pb the respective programs guardant into the future," Marinos said.

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Walsh has spent the past 3 years with the men aft his women's squad won metallic astatine the 2018 Commonwealth Games, erstwhile Manenti took implicit the role.

"We're fortunate that some coaches person worked wrong the programs and are known to the playing radical and staff, truthful we expect it volition beryllium a creaseless modulation arsenic they displacement roles to their caller teams fixed the HSBC World Series is good underway," Marinos said.

"Both Tim and John person a wealthiness of acquisition and IP successful the satellite of sevens... they some person a batch to offer."

Samu Kerevi of Australia runs the shot during the Oceania Sevens successful Townsville. (Getty)

The men's sevens programme plans to stock resources much heavy with the Super Rugby teams.

"I'm truly excited astir the accidental to instrumentality to coaching the men. It's a large situation to not lone physique a palmy and winning team, but besides beryllium a captious measurement successful the improvement of Super Rugby players and yet Wallabies," Manenti said.

"With the Commonwealth Games and World Cup connected the calendar, on with the World Series, determination are plentifulness of opportunities to showcase the team's talent. I'm besides looking guardant to aligning with Super coaches to person mutually beneficial outcomes astir subordinate availability."

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