Johnson to become Wallabies director of rugby and selector

Michael Cheika has retained his job as Wallabies coach but will have to report to a superior and work with a three-man selection panel as part of high-performance changes imposed by Rugby Australia on Monday.

As first foreshadowed by the Herald, Scott Johnson will return home to become Australia's new director of rugby and sit above Cheika in the new hierarchy.

Welcome aboard: Scott Johnson is Australia's new director of rugby.

Welcome aboard: Scott Johnson is Australia's new director of rugby.Credit:PA

Johnson and Cheika will join a third person on a selection panel which significantly reduces the power wielded by the incumbent head coach.

The tweaks come in response to Australia's worst year of Test rugby in the professional era, having lost nine of 13 matches throughout a horrific 2018 campaign.

A former Wallabies assistant under John Connolly, Johnson has overseen Scotland's recent rugby renaissance after joining them as director of rugby five years ago. He has also served as an interim head coach on occasion.


Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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