Axe falls on Waratahs head coach Darren Coleman

Coach Darren Coleman has been sacked by the New South Wales Waratahs, but will continue for the Super Rugby Pacific season.

With just two wins from 12 games and sitting in last place, the Waratahs have announced that Coleman's third season at the helm will be his last.

He will coach the remaining two rounds against Moana Pacifica in Auckland and Queensland Reds at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

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After a terrible spell under Rob Penney, Coleman led the Waratahs to the quarter-finals in 2022 and 2023 but the injury-plagued side has struggled badly this season.

A number of players have already announced their departure at the end of the current season while captain Jake Gordon sought to terminate his contract which was rejected by the Australian Rugby Union.

Waratahs coach Paul Dorn, who called a press conference with Coleman on Tuesday, acknowledged the coach's contribution to the club.

“During his tenure, Darren has built a deep relationship with… Football “In NSW, especially the Shute Shield, there is passion for the game and dedication to the team,” Dorn said in a statement.

“His leadership of the program has always been very authentic, and he has built genuine relationships with staff, players and Waratah fans.

“His inculcation of ‘Tah Tough’ in the team’s performance on the field was commendable, fostering a culture of teamwork and hard work.

“The decision not to extend Darren’s contract was made after careful consideration and evaluation of the high performance position, team performance and future goals of our organisation.”

The club said it had begun the process of searching for a replacement for Coleman.

Options include former Waratahs and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, who led the team to the Super Bowl title in 2014, current NSW assistant and Australia coach Jason Gilmour, and Fiji World Cup mentor Simon Raiwalwe, although he joined World Rugby in a pathways role after the Championships. France.

Former Waratahs midfielder and Australia Under-20s coach Nathan Gray could be another person interested in the position.

After their 27-7 loss to the Western Force in Perth last Saturday night, Coleman said he hoped to rally players in the final two matches to avoid the wooden spoon.

The Waratahs (12 points) can overcome 11th-place Moana Pacifica (14 points) when they face them next Saturday.

The Crusaders, who are in tenth place (15 points), are also located close to the Waratahs.

Coleman said after the match: “No one wants that wooden spoon, so we will do our best to finish the match with two more wins and perform better than we did (against the Force).”


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