Sport Parling named Wallabies forwards coach after McKellar pulls out
Wallabies appoint England's Parling as forwards coach
Wallabies appoint England's Parling as forwards coachParling played 29 tests for his country and another three for the British and Irish Lions on their triumphant tour of Australia in 2013.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has pulled out of the race to be Wallabies forwards coach, with Melbourne Rebels assistant and former British and Irish Lions representative Geoff Parling set to take over the role for the year.
McKellar, who is hoping to lead the Brumbies to Super Rugby AU glory on Saturday in Canberra, has told Wallabies coach Dave Rennie he wants to remain in the nation's capital to work with the side's new attack coach following news that Peter Hewat has accepted a coaching job in Japan.
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Diamonds are created under pressure. Tonight’s Super Rugby AU final between the Brumbies and Reds will go some way to revealing whether Australia’s generation-next are genuine gems, or made of stuff not quite as stern. The Reds, in particular, have relied on youth all season, and their starting XV is chock full of men who’ll be challenging for Wallabies jerseys for years to come.
While Rennie is disappointed at not being able to secure McKellar's services, he has called in Parling for this year to look after the forwards and ultimately be in charge of the lineout.
"My thinking with Dan is that I was looking for someone beyond my time and Dan has the ability to coach the Wallabies, so the thinking was to get him into the team and have him ready to go post the (2023) World Cup," Rennie told News Corp Australia. "But obviously that is not going to happen the way I planned it.
"We are going to go with someone who has the skill set to do the job and to have an intimate knowledge of the players. So we have asked Geoff Parling to come in. He is a very highly respected coach among the boys. He is the obvious choice."
Parling, who retired in 2018 with 29 England Tests to his name, has made a seamless transition into coaching following a playing stint with the Rebels and is regarded highly for his lineout work.
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The R team could have been a true family affair, with the likes of Rocca, Riewoldt, Rankin and Richards all having claims to multiple members of the family in the team. Even so, there are two families that do have multiple representatives here. Back line Alex Rance (Richmond 2009-19) 200 games, nine goals One of the most brilliant defenders of the past decade, Alex Rance’s importance to Richmond was highlighted in his last match when, after injuring his ACL, the Tigers had been written off from premiership chances (incorrectly, as it turned out).
In Super Rugby AU, the Rebels had the best lineout success in the competition (88 per cent), ahead of the Brumbies and Waratahs (both 83 per cent).
Parling will join Rennie's new scrum coach Petrus Du Plessis as part of the touring squad when the Wallabies travel to New Zealand next week for two Bledisloe Cup matches in Wellington and Auckland on October 11 and 18.
In a statement, Parling said: "I've really enjoyed helping develop the players we've had in Melbourne, so to now get the opportunity to join Dave's coaching team for this Test season is a real honour.
"There is some great talent here but we won't get anywhere without hard work. I have high expectations of the group and am looking forward to seeing them rip in."
Rennie has been working closely with attack coach Scott Wisemantel and defence coach Matt Taylor over the past few months to give the Wallabies the best chance of success ahead of potentially eight Tests this year.
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The S team is surprisingly light for scoring options, but with a midfield as good as this, there will be plenty of opportunity. Back line Bernie Smith (Geelong 1948-58) 183 games, three goals Starting his career at West Adelaide, Bernie Smith was already a star centreman by the time he crossed to Geelong in 1948. He continued in the centre for a few years before coach Reg Hickey repositioned him to the back pocket in 1951. To say Smith took to the position well is an understatement – a best and fairest, a Brownlow Medal, and a near best-on-ground performance in a premiership were all his by the end of the year.
The Wallabies are ranked seventh in the world and werelast year by England.
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My greatest club pack of forwards .
While watching the Dragons being toweled up by the Knights last week it set me wondering what it would be like to have a dominant pack of forwards. A pack so good that even Ben Hunt and Corey Norman would look like first-grade halves running around behind them, and a pack that wouldn’t allow the opposition to score soft tries. I had a wander down memory lane over the years that I’ve been following the game to determine what was the best club pack of forwards to take the field at one time.