Cape Town - England attack coach Scott Wisemantel appears set to join the
Wallabies coaching staff under Dave Rennie after Eddie Jones confirmed
he would leave his England role.
Wisemantel, a former Wallabies and Waratahs assistant coach,
has been on Jones’ team for two years and helped England make the Rugby
World Cup final earlier this month.
But accompanying talk that Rennie would take over as Wallabies coach
over the past couple of months there has been strong speculation
Wisemantel would be one of his assistant coaches.
Rugby Australia’s official website said Wallabies director of rugby
Scott Johnson and Rennie both confirmed Wisemantel was on the wish-list
last week, along with Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor, who is also an
Despite wanting him to stay on, Jones confirmed on Tuesday that
Wisemantel would be moving on. It’s not known if that will be before the
Six Nations or after the tournament.
“Scott’s contract finished at the end of the World Cup and we had some discussions but he has decided to move on,” said Jones.
“Whatever role he takes on next I know he will do an outstanding job
because he was fantastic for us. We will miss him but we wish him all
the best, and his family.”
Johnson all-but confirmed the imminent move home for Wisemantel last week when announcing Rennie’s recruitment.
knows he’s (Wisemantel) a good friend of mine, he’s had success where
he’s gone, he’ll be a welcome addition,” said Johnson.
“(Taylor) - good mate of mine, worked with him, good skills, he’s certainly on the list, both are.
“We haven’t put a deadline on it but we’re going through the process.
“We’ve just concluded this one and
we’ve spoken about the options that are available. We’d like to see that
it moves quite quickly now.
“At least we can tell people who they’re going to be reporting to, that’s a big part of the process.
“There’ll be a couple of sleepless nights and a lot of phone calls over the next couple of weeks.”
Appreciative of the issues some have with his nationality, Rennie
said it was important to have an all-Australian staff and to be help
develop coaching talent.
“Obviously I’ve been doing a lot of the work around (hiring assistant
coaches), I’ve been talking a lot to (Rugby Australia director of
rugby) Scott Johnson, there’s been a review process happening and
there’s going to be a little bit of change there but in that group we
need massive work ethic, we need innovation, we need people who are
going to roll their sleeves up and so on,” he said.
“I want a group that will challenge each other, challenge me to get
the best out of our players. So, getting the right people in place is
paramount initially and obviously, the relationship stuff - Super Rugby
teams are crucially important.
“I’ve always surrounded myself with people who will challenge. I
think we’ve got to have that in our environment whether it’s, we’re
certainly going to poke players in the chest and we expect the same back
and so I don’t want yes men in our group.
“That’s important, we’ve got to have a mind of developing coaches and creating opportunities and so on.
‘We’ve certainly got some names that will be clarified over the coming weeks.”