The first casualty of Eddie Jones’ new Wallabies regime has been revealed, with popular assistant coach ‘Lord’ Laurie Fisher announcing his departure on Twitter.
Fisher, who is also an assistant coach to Stephen Larkham at the Brumbies, was brought on board by previous Wallabies boss Dave Rennie last year.
The veteran forwards specialist joined the national set-up following defence coach Matt Taylor’s surprise departure in August.
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Jones said on Wednesday that he is “not at all” worried about the fact he is yet to lock in any assistants for what he calls a “smash and grab” Rugby World Cup mission.
Larkham has ruled out reuniting with Jones while NRL coach Michael Maguire said he knocked back an approach to honour his commitment to Ricky Stuart at the Raiders.
But while Larkham declared himself a non-starter, Jones said borrowing a Super Rugby coach for a World Cup campaign remained a possibility.
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“We haven’t discounted anything at this stage,” Jones said at Australia’s Super Rugby launch, before dropping his jewel thief analogy.
“We’ve got a bit of a smash and grab job so we need people who can do a smash and grab job. So this is like a nine and a half month, we’ve got to do this.
“There’s a beautiful jewellery store around the corner. We’ve got to get four or five coaches that can work together, can bring together a team, get in there, steal the trophy and get out without getting caught. So they’re the sort of people we need.”
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The demanding Jones was notorious for churning through assistant coaches during his tenure with England but said he wasn’t bothered by the criticism.
He said there was no specific timeline for wanting to lock in his coaching team, although the last 6-8 weeks of Super Rugby would be crucial from a selection perspective.
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