Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Wallabies appoint McKay

FORMER Henley Hawks’ director of rugby Jim McKay has been appointed backs coach for Australia.

FORMER Henley Hawks’ director of rugby Jim McKay has been appointed backs coach for Australia.

Following changes in the coaching staff of the Australian Wallabies in the aftermath of their defeat by the British Lions, McKay, who was director of rugby for Henley Hawks in 2003, has become the second Dry Leas coach to be appointed by a national side. Sir Clive Woodward, who led England to victory in the World Cup in 2003, coached Henley back in the early Nineties.

McKay joined the Hawks coaching staff in 2001 and took over from Nigel Dudding, who stepped down as head coach due to work commitments. He moved to be director of rugby at Penzance and Newlyn (now Cornish Pirates) in 2004/5.

After two seasons as backs coach at Leicester Tigers McKay returned to Australia and became backs coach for Queensland Reds under Euan Mackenzie who has taken over as head coach of the Australian Wallabies.

McKay has kept in touch with Henley over the past years and has been congratulated by all at Dry Leas in particular Dudding who said: “We are delighted to learn of Jim’s appointment. His coaching philosophy was always attack minded, that is probably why he fitted in so well at Henley.

“This is a true testament to his hard work and determination to follow a rugby coaching career. All of us at Henley wish him every success except, of course, when Australia play England.e_SDRq

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