Waratahs coach McKenzie gets the sack


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Ewen McKenzie’s five-year reign as Waratahs coach will finish at the end of the Super 14 season. The NSW Rugby Union is expected to make an announcement today that his contract will not be renewed.

According to Rugbyheaven it is understood NSWRU chief executive Jim L’Estrange met McKenzie yesterday, and the discussion between the pair had been “amicable”.

However, the meeting did not go well for McKenzie and he was reportedly told the NSWRU had decided his coaching contract would finish at the end of July.


A replacement isn’t expected to be named today, but the strong favourite is the Waratahs assistant coach Todd Louden.


The Waratahs made the play-offs twice, but their form has fallen recently and they finished 13th last year.


Louden has been touted as the next Waratahs coach largely because he was involved in the Bulls winning last year’s title as their attack coach.

He also stood in for McKenzie earlier this year when the Head coach was taken ill.

NSW officials had made it clear to McKenzie that they wanted the team to be far more attack-orientated in order to fill the Sydney Football Stadium which is regularly seen to be far from full.

McKenzie’s name has been mentioned in connection with Nucifora who are said to be candidates to replace Pat Howard as the head of the Australian Rugby Union’s high performance unit.

Nucifora however is considered to be the overwhelming favourite to take the position and McKenzie is said to be “the next-best option”.


The Waratahs have played six matches out of thirteen so far and with them being placed at 8th on the log they are still capable of reaching the play offs or winning the Super 14 outright.



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