Former British and Irish Lion’s blocker and current Melbourne assistant Geoff Parling has been named the Wallabies’ forward coach for 2020 after Dan McKellar retired. Rugby enthusiasts can book Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Parling played for the Rebels in 2018 and has made a successful transition to training, designing Melbourne’s lineout for the past two years. In Super Rugby AU, the Rebels had the best success in the lineout with 88%, ahead of the Brumbies and Waratahs, both with 83%.
Brumbies coach McKellar was the Wallabies’ first target, but he told Dave Rennie that he wanted to continue working in Canberra this year after his assistant Peter Hewat chose to fill a position in Japan. Parling, 36, will join new Wallabies scrum coach Petrus du Plessis, attack coach Scott Wisemantel and defense coach Matt Taylor, and the Wallabies team will meet next week for the first time. This year.
Melbourne strength and conditioning Coach Shane Lehane and physio Dan Mannix will also join the party. Playing 29 tests for England and with a win in the Lions series in 2013, Parling said he was honored to join the Wallabies setup.
“I really enjoyed helping develop the players we had in Melbourne, so now having the opportunity to join Dave’s coaching team for this testing season is a real honor,” said Parling.
Rennie said he was lucky that Parling was available on short notice, to an advantage of his knowledge of current players.
“He’s technically very strong at the lineout and maul and has impressed me with his catch-up work ethic for the past two weeks,” Rennie said.
“There have been many challenges so far in 2020 and we have had to be agile and adaptable, none more so than Geoff, who has already made so many sacrifices while on the road with Rebels this season, but still jumped at the opportunity to join our team”.
Parling will return to Melbourne after the 2020 Wallabies testing season, ahead of the Rebels 2021 Super Rugby season.
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