Wallabies Rugby Coach, Ewen McKenzie, resigns after Wallabies lose nail biter rugby match to the world champion All Blacks last Saturday.
Shock announcement: Ewen McKenzie resigns as Wallabies Rugby Coach
Via smh.com.au The All Blacks scored in the final seconds to beat the strife-torn Wallabies 29-28 in Brisbane, with under-seige coach Ewen McKenzie quitting soon after the loss.
Ewen McKenzie resigned as Wallabies Rugby Coach on Saturday, telling Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver he believed he could not maintain the respect of the playing group and support staff.
After a fortnight of intense scrutiny over his management of the team and relationship with former business manager Di Patston, McKenzie sent a resignation letter to Pulver via email on Saturday morning, before the Wallabies fell 29-28 to the All Blacks after the full time bell in Brisbane.
The ARU are now looking at appointing a replacement Wallabies Rugby Coach, who will take the side on a five-week tour of Europe, departing on Friday. Former Brumbies coach Jake White and NSW coach Michael Cheika are the likely candidates.
McKenzie said he told the players in the dressing room after the match, but did not go into details about the reasons for his decision and did not take questions.
“I’ve been a very proud contributor to Australian rugby but I feel at this point in time – there’s a bunch of reasons I’ve put in writing to Bill – I had a discussion with him this morning, my intention was, win, lose or draw, that I was going to announce that resignation tonight,” he said.
“I’ve only just told the team … it’s been a disappointing time for many reasons, I’m not going to go into the detail.
“I’ve written to the board that I’ve been unhappy with a bunch of things, the easiest thing was to exit stage left and I’ll leave you guys to ponder, speculate. I’ll write a chapter in my book and you’ll know all about it.”
Pulver spoke after McKenzie’s announcement and said the Super Rugby title-winning coach felt he could not count on the support of the playing group or staff.
“In essence Ewen said that he felt he was going to struggle to retain the level of respect that he needed from the playing group and his support staff in the Australian squad,” Pulver said.
“Really, in my view, because of the extraordinary character assassination that he has had to put up with over the last two weeks.
“Despite clarification around the circumstances, the attack on Ewen was relentless and essentially left him with the view that he couldn’t continue in the role because it was just too far back to achieve the level of support from the playing group and his support staff that he needed to be an effective Wallaby coach.”
Pulver convened an emergency meeting of the ARU’s rugby committee, comprising chairman Michael Hawker, board members Paul McLean and John Eales and manager of pathways Ben Whitaker, to appoint a replacement Wallabies Rugby Coach… Read More>