Emerging Reds and Wallabies star Jordan Petaia has been ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season due to a shoulder injury.
Wallabies assistant coach Nathan Grey will move into a new role at Rugby Australia in 2020, becoming the National High Performance Coach Advisor.
That role will see Grey work with both the men’s and women’s Sevens teams, but also the Wallaroos, Junior Wallabies, and development teams.
However, Grey will also have joint role as Technical Director of the Sunwolves in next year’s Super Rugby season, providing technical advice to coaching to the Japanese side.
“I’m really excited to step into this new role next year. I’ve enjoyed my time as an Assistant at both the NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies for the last four years but this is now an opportunity for me to continue my development as a coach,” said Grey.
“The Sunwolves have an incredibly talented group of players that are keen to learn, and the same can be said of the coaching staff in Tokyo too. We all saw from the recent World Cup just how much ability and potential there is in Japan, and I will be doing all I can to help in their development.
“I’m also really looking forward to assisting with the Australian Sevens programs, the Wallaroos as well as the Junior teams here in Australia.
“We have some really talented individuals coming through the ranks at all levels so it’s about harnessing that, and then complimenting the great work that the coaches are already doing with their respective teams.”
Scott Johnson, Rugby Australia’s Direct of Rugby, said the change of role would give Grey the chance to develop new skills will remaining in the Australian system.
“Nathan has proven himself to be a great young coach and he’s one that we didn’t want to lose out of the system,” said Johnson.
“We want to see him continue to grow and evolve and that will happen now with Nathan to be given a bit more responsibility and scope.
“Nathan’s role with the Sunwolves came out of discussions with the JRFU and the support they felt they needed to continue to grow.
“We’re really proud of the relationship with have with the JRFU and we’ve been looking at new ways in how we can collaborate to achieve our respective goals across the business but specifically in High Performance.”