Virtually 5 months after transferring Stephen Larkham sideways, Rugby Australia has lastly appointed his alternative as Wallabies assistant coach.
Former NSW Waratahs playmaker Shaun Berne will Michael Cheika’s teaching workers for the 2019 Rugby Championship and World Cup in Japan.
An extended-time Randwick clubmate of Cheika’s, Berne accomplished his Tremendous Rugby commitments with the Melbourne Rebels earlier this week and can begin his new function with the Wallabies instantly.
The 40-year previous has been serving as assault coach below Dave Wessels in Melbourne following stints on the Western Pressure and as coach of Leinster ‘A’ in Eire.
“It is a big alternative for me personally however, extra importantly, I wish to do no matter I can to make the Wallabies profitable this yr,” stated Berne, who could have simply 5 Assessments to impose his abilities on Cheika’s group earlier than Australia’s World Cup opener towards Fiji on September 21.
“I wish to contribute to the group by specializing in the issues that can serve us finest after we are below stress, like passing, catching, alignment, working traces and deception – on and off the ball.
“I simply wish to add wherever I can to the teaching group round me. It sounds easy however easy issues completed rather well, on a regular basis, will get us to the place Cheik desires us to be as a group.”
Cheika hopes Berne – a one-time Australia A consultant who performed 38 video games for NSW from 2001-06 – brings a brand new power to the Wallabies squad.
“His job will likely be to assist gamers obtain their prime ranges of play and keep at that degree extra persistently,” Cheika stated.
Berne is considered one of three current senior appointments with a brand new degree of expertise to encompass the group within the lead-up to their World Cup marketing campaign in Japan later this yr, following the sooner appointments of head efficiency coach Dean Benton and physiotherapist Ed Hollis.
Benton was most not too long ago England Rugby’s head of sport science however has additionally loved profitable stints on the Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos, Leicester Tigers and the Brumbies.
Hollis returns to Australia following 4 years as head of medical providers on the Leicester Tigers and has additionally labored for Tottenham Soccer Membership within the Premier League in addition to the Canberra Raiders and the Australian girls’s soccer group.
The Wallabies open their Rugby Championship marketing campaign towards South Africa in Johannesburg on July 20.