McGahan set for newly created role with Australia

Guinness PRO12 Editor

23 Apr 2012

Tony McGahan has been confirmed as Australia’s new coaching co-ordinator under Robbie Deans as his time in charge of Munster slowly comes to a close.

McGahan’s end-of-season departure as Munster head coach was announced back in February with rumours suggesting that his next port of call would be with the Wallabies.

However, rather than take on the role of defensive coach that was reported, McGahan will act as coaching co-ordinator in a new-look Australian set up.

McGahan, who has been in charge of RaboDirect PRO12 outfit Munster forfour seasons, will join defence coach Andrew Blades and coaching assistant Nick Scrivener in new roles.

All three will be in place for the one-off Test against Scotland on June 5 before Australia welcome Wales for a three-match series Down Under.

“McGahan’s experience as a head coach is considered a major asset for the newly created role,” an Australian Rugby Union statement read:

“He will have a significant involvement in the overall co-ordination of the coaching and management team, as well as the player liaison, assisting head coach Robbie Deans.”