Joe Schmidt. Image: Kazuhiro NOGI/AFP

Wallabies reel in renowned Kiwi coach for top job

The Kiwi has reportedly won the race to succeed Eddie Jones as Wallabies head coach, with an official announcement to be made in due course.


Joe Schmidt. Image: Kazuhiro NOGI/AFP

Former Ireland boss and All Blacks assistant coach Joe Schmidt is set to be unveiled as the new Wallabies head coach following Eddie Jones’ resignation.

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According to various reports in Australian media, the deal to bring Schmidt in as the new Wallabies boss is “essentially done” with senior players informed of the decision on Wednesday.

The odds of Schmidt joining the Wallabies improved dramatically when former Ireland director of rugby David Nucifora was brought in as an advisor. The pair worked closely together when the New Zealander was the head coach of Ireland, forming a promising partnership.

Schmidt, 58, previously led Ireland to great success from 2013 to 2019, securing three Six Nations titles and historic wins over the All Blacks.

He also served as All Blacks assistant coach between 2022 and 2023, a tenure that ended at the Rugby World Cup in France.

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Australia’s Wallabies scrumhalf Nic White (C) gestures after being defeated by Argentina’s Los Pumas during their Rugby Championship match at Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina on August 13, 2022. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP)