The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) have reveled that they want full control over their Super Rugby coaching appointments similar to the way the New Zealand Rugby Union do.
The ARU have been criticised this season for poor performances from the Wallabies and the Super Rugby franchises so they want to adopt a system that will emulate the way the New Zealand Rugby Union appoint their coaches.
The move would be a radical one and will be one of the biggest shake ups in Australian Rugby. It is also likely to be strongly resisted by the Super Rugby franchises as they want the power to operate as separate entities.
ARU high-performance manager David Nucifora says that it is time that they align and place the greatest weight on the national team's interests.
Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer said recently that there is a lack of coaching talent in Australia but Nucifora denies this and said that Australia has the talent but that many good coaches were not being given opportunities at the higher levels.
"We get rocks thrown at us, but the ARU doesn't have the power to appoint Super Rugby coaches, unlike New Zealand Rugby Union, who have a say in all of those coaching positions," Nucifora told The Courier-Mail.
"If we're going to cop the blame then we should be given the responsibility.
"If we could get that alignment from the top to the bottom, with regards to coaching pathways that aligns Premier (club) Rugby, Super Rugby through to the national level, then we do get good pathways for development.
"If we're allowed to work closely around coaching development and selection, something similar to the New Zealand model, I think that would be advantageous to us."
Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones said that the Australian Rugby Union have their heads in the sand.
"They know everything, you can't teach them anything," Jones said.
"These people don't know what they're trying to achieve."
In response Nucifora said, "We have good coaches. "
"What needs to be understood is that the ARU doesn't employ the majority of coaches in the country."