'McLennan needs to go': Former AB slams 'inhumane' treatment of Rennie
World Cup winning All Black Israel Dagg has sensationally called out Rugby Australia’s “inhumane” treatment of Dave Rennie, after the former Wallabies coach was sacked last week.
Rugby Australia’s staggering decision to axe Rennie eight months out from this year’s World Cup in France has not gone down well across the Tasman Sea.
While the Wallabies have replaced the New Zealand-born coach with a more than worthy candidate in rugby guru Eddie Jones, the decision has still come as a surprise to many.
But the 2011 Rugby World Cup hero isn’t alone in expressing that view.
In fact, Rennie’s axing is still the talk of the town.
Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan recently told SEN 1170 that there had been conversations with Jones about an Australian homecoming over the last 14 months.
The writing was already on the wall for Rennie following a tough campaign, but the RFU’s decision to sack former England coach Jones seemingly sealed his fate.
Former test fullback Israel Dagg has explained why he believes McLennan “needs to go” as a result of the “unfair” treatment of the former Wallabies coach.
“I just don’t think they have any leadership at the top if I’m going to be completely honest,” Dagg said on SENZ Breakfast.
“I think that McLennan needs to go. He’s had some outrageous, outlandish calls over the last couple of years, last year… something that’s just mind-blowing and mind-boggling.
“I’ve heard rumours about the situation, the way that they went about the recruiting of Eddie Jones and what they did to Dave Rennie and it’s just not normal and it’s really unfair.
“I can understand that they wanted to go in a direction and they wanted to get an Australian at the helm but the way they went about it is just inhumane, I feel.”
This decision could potentially define a generation of rugby talent Down Under.
Eddie Jones is box office; what the 62-year-old will undoubtedly breathe new life into the struggling sport in Australia.
But the Wallabies need to win; it’s a results driven industry after all.
Jones took the Wallabies to a World Cup final in 2003 after recruiting some of the biggest names n rugby league at the time, and he might have to do it again.
“Like Beaver said the other day, I’ve been harping on about this, they just don’t have the depth in Australian rugby,” he added.
“The top 22, 23, they’re solid and they can probably potentially go onto a semi-final and push on, but they won’t win it with the current depth that they’ve got.
“So they really need to dig in, find a bit more depth around Australia.
“They need to dig into the league depth because they’ve got plenty and try and encourage these players.
“If anyone can, he’s done it with Lote Tuqiri and Wendell Sailor – Eddie Jones – he’s your man, but right now they’ve got no depth and I do think that they’re lacking leadership at the top.”
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