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The timeline of Dave Rennie's short-lived Wallabies career

By AAP
(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The key moments in Dave Rennie’s Wallabies coaching career leading to his shock axing eight months out from the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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* NOVEMBER 2019 – New Zealander Rennie, the first first-year Super Rugby coach to win a Super Rugby title, is announced as Michael Cheika’s Wallabies replacement. He volunteers to take a 30 per cent pay cut as COVID-19 hits RA’s coffers hard.

* OCTOBER 2020 – Australia come within a whisker of a Bledisloe Cup upset win in Wellington but had to settle for a 16-16 draw in their first Test under the new coach. A month later he celebrates his first win in charge, against the All Blacks in Brisbane.

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* SEPTEMBER 2021 – Rennie makes huge selection gamble, recalling Quade Cooper to face the Springboks after a comprehensive 3-0 Bledisloe Cup series loss. It pays off, the side winning five straight games and jumping to third in the world rankings.

* NOVEMBER 2021 – Without Cooper and Samu Kerevi in the side, a heavy loss to Eddie Jones’ England is sandwiched between tight losses to Scotland and Wales to spoil things. Rennie will eventually be axed without winning back-to-back Tests again.

* FEBRUARY 2022 – Having already experimented with similar allowances, a new eligibility law allows Rennie to pick three overseas-based players who have 30 Test caps or a minimum of five years’ service to Australian Rugby.

* JULY 2022 – Jones’ England arrive in Australia and stage a comeback 2-1 series win. Pivotal centre Kerevi then tears his ACL during Australia’s Commonwealth Games rugby sevens campaign.

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* AUGUST 2022 – Quade Cooper then joins a mounting injury toll in Argentina, his replacement James O’Connor then dropped after the Wallabies are thumped in San Juan.

* SEPTEMBER 2022 – Pressure builds on Rennie and his depleted squad after one win and three losses in Tests at home and New Zealand and their ranking drops to eighth in the world.

* NOVEMBER 2022 – Poor discipline, curious selections and more injuries feature in a 2-3 European tour swing where the first three Tests are decided by one point. Rennie copped criticism for resting key men in a three-point loss to Italy but then finished with a brave comeback defeat of Wales.

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* DECEMBER 2022 – Eddie Jones is sacked by England as Rugby Australia launch an independent review into the Wallabies’ 2022 fortunes.

* JANUARY 2023 – Gathered for a four-day camp, Rennie tells media he is adamant Jones won’t play a role alongside him at the World Cup and dismisses reports he’s already signed to coach club rugby in Japan once his contract expires at the end of the year.

* JANUARY 2023 – RA announce Eddie Jones will replace Rennie immediately, leaving Rennie with the worst winning percentage (38) of any Wallabies coach to oversee 30 or more Tests.

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