Australia’s top try scorer at Rugby World Cups, Drew Mitchell, said he felt Australian rugby had seen this situation before.
“It reminds me a lot of 2019,” Mitchell tweeted. “6-8 months before a World Cup, the Rugby AU leadership loses faith in the current coach. (In) 2019 they appointed a jury because they had no faith in (Michael) Cheika. 2023 they fire Rennie.
“At what point does the focus shift to the people who make the agreements? These tweets are not about my thoughts on who should or shouldn’t be in charge. To some extent, it feels like history is repeating itself.
“Of course there are plenty of layers and more will come out in the wash. Anyway, let’s get behind our Wallabies.’
Rugby Australia boss Andy Marinos paid tribute to Rennie, who ends his tenure with a winning record of 38 per cent.
Last week, Rennie and the Wallabies held a camp on the Gold Coast to prepare for the World Cup.
“I want to thank Dave for his hard work and effort with the Wallabies,” said Marinos. “We are grateful for everything he has done for Australian rugby.
“Dave has been instrumental in developing much of the depth we see in and around the current Wallabies team. There are some players who are real World Cup prospects because of the opportunities Dave provided.
“The work ethic, the spirit within the group and the way the team conducts itself are all a direct result of Dave’s input. He has really left a mark on this group of players.”
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