Under-fire Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan makes INCREDIBLE claim that the sport in Australia is in a better place than it was three years ago - despite Eddie Jones disaster

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  • Defiant remark to reporters has raised eyebrows
  • Hamish McLennan besides said he won't discontinue arsenic RA chairman
  • Wallabies didn't advancement to World Cup quarter-finals
  • Coach Eddie Jones past discontinue 10 months into a five-year deal 

By Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 02:17 EDT, 1 November 2023 | Updated: 02:17 EDT, 1 November 2023

Embattled Rugby Australia president Hamish McLennan has made nan staggering declare nan athletics is successful a amended spot now than it was 3 years agone pursuing his appointment. 

It follows the caller resignation of Eddie Jones arsenic Wallabies coach, conscionable 10 months into a five-year deal.

Australia endured a nightmare World Cup successful France, failing to advancement beyond nan group shape for nan first time.


But McLennan, who radio tsar Alan Jones believes has to travel Jones retired nan door, is adamant rugby successful Australia is connected nan emergence up of nan British and Lions circuit successful 2025 followed by nan World Cup connected section shores travel 2027.

'I deliberation we're amended than we were 3 years ago, moreover though nan World Cup capacity was terrible,' he told reporters successful Sydney aft flying successful from Paris.

Rugby Australia president Hamish McLennan has made nan staggering declare nan athletics is successful a amended spot now than it was 3 years agone pursuing his appointment

His connection follows nan caller resignation of Eddie Jones (pictured) arsenic Wallabies coach, conscionable 10 months into a five-year deal 

'We inherited a spot of a burning mess. 'I deliberation there's a batch of liking successful rugby; we'll get done this. 

'It's interesting, everyone's talking astir rugby. A batch of nan sceptics opportunity nan codes dead, it's not.'

McLennan besides believes Jones was nan cleanable man for nan occupation aft he replaced Dave Rennie successful January. 

'Whether Eddie was nan correct telephone aliases not, I deliberation that's that's almost irrelevant now because nan system's broken, and we request to hole it,' he said.

'Looking forward, I tin show you, there's nary shortage of high-quality coaches that want to travel and coach nan Wallabies.'

When quizzed on whether erstwhile Wallabies adjunct coach Dan McKellar was nan frontrunner to switch Jones, McLennan remained coy.

'I don't deliberation you tin put your bets connected anyone astatine nan moment,' he said. 

'There'll beryllium immoderate overseas coaches, there'll beryllium section ones and location will beryllium ones that person been portion of nan system. We've sewage a wholly unfastened mind.'

Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones has deed Rugby Australia pinch withering criticisms - and McLennan was firmly successful his sights

He besides declared he has nary volition to locomotion distant arsenic RA's chairman, stating he 'loves nan sport' and is 'not a quitter.'

'Well, I deliberation if you look astatine what I've done, I've travel in, we secured in installments erstwhile we person nary money successful nan bank, we secured nan World Cups successful 2027 and 2029 [women's] erstwhile we had nary money successful nan bank, we paid nan women, nan Wallaroos, for nan first clip ever,' he said.

'I deliberation I've sewage an friendly knowledge of each that needs to beryllium done. 

'So our capacity astatine nan World Cup was a setback....but nan truth of nan matter is, we've sewage a committee and a guidance squad that cognize what needs to beryllium done.'

McLennan past outlined a connection for fed up Wallabies fans: beryllium patient.

'All I'd opportunity to nan rugby nationalist is that you've sewage to proceed to make decisions and not each of them activity out,' he said.

'If this was a business, you would find that you don't get a 100-per-cent occurrence complaint and I guidelines by nan calls.'


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