The rugby world is reacting to Eddie Jones replacing Dave Rennie as Wallabies manager

Australia’s leading Rugby World Cup try-scorer Drew Mitchell said he felt Australian rugby had seen this situation before.

“It reminds me a lot of 2019,” Mitchell tweeted. “With six to eight months to go before a World Cup, Rugby AU leadership loses confidence in the current manager. [In] In 2019 they set up a selection committee because they had no confidence [Michael] Cheika. In 2023, they fire Rennie.

Eddie Jones was axed as England manager in December.

Eddie Jones was axed as England manager in December.Credit:Getty

“When does the focus become on the people who make the appointments in the first place? These tweets are not about my thoughts on who should or shouldn’t be in charge. To a certain extent, it feels like history is repeating itself.

“Obviously there will be a lot of layers of it coming out and more with washing. Either way, let’s get behind our wallabies.”

Rugby Australia boss Andy Marinos paid tribute to Rennie, who ends his tenure with a winning record of 38 per cent.

Last week, Rennie and the Wallabies held a camp on the Gold Coast to prepare for the World Cup.

“I want to thank Dave for his hard work and dedication with the Wallabies,” said Marinos. “We are grateful for everything he has done for Australian rugby.

“Dave has been instrumental in developing much of the depth that we are seeing in and around the current Wallabies roster. There are a number of players who are real World Cup potentials because of the opportunities Dave has provided.


“The work ethic, the spirit within the group and the way the team behaves are all a direct result of Dave’s input. He really made his mark on this group of players.”

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