State of PLAY: New era Wallabies awash with new-era Brumbies

With Super Rugby and the Brumbies’ best season in nearly ten years now done, all attention turns to the new era dawning upon the Wallabies.

When Robbie Deans stepped down from the Wallabies’ top job, after the 2-1 series defeat at the hands of the British & Irish Lions in June, the Australian Rugby Union made the bold move of ignoring Brumbies coach Jake White’s impressive international record and instead appointed Reds mentor, Ewen McKenzie. The former Brumbies and Wallabies prop will take the Wallabies through until the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The appointment was almost certainly made to appease vocal Wallaby supporters and former greats, with the selection of a local over another foreign coach made to quell the growing discontent over the direction the Wallabies were heading.

Regardless of the appointment itself – and it will remain an ongoing debate now that White has steered the Brumbies to a Final, and McKenzie’s Reds dropped out at the Qualifying Final stage – the Wallabies head into a new era in this month’s Rugby Championship tournament.

My State of PLAY column in the August issue (click to enlarge)

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