Wallabies assistant Stephen Larkham axed after disagreement with Michael Cheika | Sport
Stephen Larkham has been axed as Wallabies assistant trainer by means of Michael Cheika, 8 months out from the Rugby World Cup. The former Wallabies five-eighth says he and trainer Cheika may just no longer agree on key issues of attacking technique and recreation philosophy.
The axing follows the Wallabies’ dismal yr by which they slipped to a record-low 7th on the earth scores. Rugby Australia mentioned the verdict was once made by means of Cheika and Larkham would shift to a brand new position as nationwide prime efficiency trainer guide right away.
The Wallabies struggled thru their worst season in 60 years in 2018, slumping to a Four-Nine win-loss list. The effects sparked a assessment by means of RA, who therefore signed Scott Johnson within the new place of director of rugby, coming back from a an identical position for Scotland as Cheika’s direct boss as they try to breathe new lifestyles into the Wallabies’ World Cup marketing campaign.
Continuing the blank out, head of athletic preparation, Haydn Masters, has resigned from his put up with the workforce after 4 seasons.
Larkham was once the Wallabies’ assault trainer since early 2015, serving to steer the workforce to a wonder Rugby World Cup ultimate later that yr after lower than 12 months underneath Cheika. But he and Cheika may just not see eye-to-eye.
“Ultimately Michael is responsible for the performance of the team,” Larkham mentioned in a remark. “We have variations in attacking technique and total recreation philosophy. We couldn’t agree on those key issues and it’s in the most efficient hobby of the workforce that they obtain transparent and constant messages from their coaches.
“I am obviously disappointed with this outcome as I had chosen to pursue the experience of taking the Wallabies through to the World Cup, however I am pleased to be able to continue coaching and contributing to Australian rugby in this new role.”
Larkham’s new place will focal point on trainer mentoring, training and abilities construction around the Australian Sevens program, Junior Wallabies, State Under-20s academies and Wallaroos. RA mentioned it will additionally strengthen former Brumbies trainer Larkham in his transition into some other head trainer position.