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Rugby Australia refute Alan Jones' claims of St Edmund's College 'mates club'

9 March 2018 8:02 AM
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However Langtry has not been involved in the set-up for that long and hasn't been head coach for anywhere near that length of time.

Jones wrote Maloney played under Langtry at St Edmund's before becoming a teacher at the school. However, Langtry was coaching Marist College when Maloney was playing for St Edmund's, meaning they were opposing each other.

He ousted Brian Smith for the role - a man Jones picked for the Wallabies as a 19-year-old that won a Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand and was a member of Australia's 1987 World Cup team.

Jones' piece was glowing with praise for Smith, who has held various coaching roles with Scots College, the ACT Brumbies, London Irish, and the English national team with success.

Jones wrote Rugby Australia "fund the Australian Schools Rugby Union, but have no control over these appointments or selections".

However the Australian Schools Rugby executive is very closely involved with Rugby Australia, who sit on selection panels for both players and coaches.

"I thought that targeting individuals was probably just a little inaccurate in some cases. Pat has not been the coach for 20 years or something and never been a sole selector so that was a little bit over the top," Thompson said.

"The thing to realise is the schools, they run their own show, but we've worked really hard over the past couple of years to influence that a lot more and get more involved in that.

"In simple terms, the coach appointment process consists of who interviewed six or seven candidates. Taht interview panel is made up of two members of the Australian Schools Rugby executive and someone from Rugby Australia.


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