Rugby Australia are edging closer to getting one of their preferred assistants for new Wallabies boss Dave Rennie, with Scott Wisemantel leaving his role with Eddie Jones and the England national team.
Director of rugby Scott Johnson said following the hiring of Rennie that Wisemantel was one of the names Rugby AU were eyeing off to join the Kiwi in the new Wallabies coaching set-up. That now looks highly likely to eventuate, with Jones revealing his attack coach is leaving England.
“Scott’s contract finished at the end of the World Cup and we had some discussions but he has decided to move on,” Jones said, as reported by the UK’s Daily Mail.
“Whatever role he takes on next I know he will do an outstanding job because he was fantastic for us. We will miss him but we wish him all the best, and his family.”
Wisemantel linked up with Jones and the Red Roses midway through 2018, overseeing a period where England’s attack was amongst the best in the world.
While the 49-year-old is yet to put pen to paper to bring him into the Wallabies set-up, a move into Rennie’s coaching box is now expected, with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting he has agreed to join the side as attack coach.
Johnson said last week he wants the team of assistants to have an “Australian flavour”, while Rennie himself admitted Wisemantel was on his radar.
The Australian has spells at Japan, Samoa and Montpellier on his resume, and was the Wallabies skills coach between 2004 and 2007 before moving to the Waratahs as backs coach for a two-year stint which started in 2009.