Dave Rennie, with only 40% of victories in 25 matches at the head of the Wallabies, is more and more disputed.
It’s not just in New Zealand that the coach is under pressure. If Ian Foster is not certain to keep his place at the head of the All Blacks, in Australia, the discontent also rises on the media and supporters side. The rout of the Wallabies on Saturday in Argentina (48-17) put Dave Rennie in turmoil. The newspapers point out that since his appointment he has won only 40% of the 25 Test matches played, the worst average of any Australian coach in the modern era.
The Sydney Morning Herald described the performance in Argentina as “shipwreck“. Adding that thirteen months before the World Cup in France, “the Wallabies cannot seriously ask their supporters to consider them Webb-Ellis Trophy contenders»…
The selection dropped to the 7e world place, the worst ranking in their history, tied with that already known between September and November 2018. Rennie is under contract until the end of the 2023 World Cup and, for the moment, benefits from the support of the Australian Rugby Union.
“We want to earn the respect of our country and it is not with a performance like this that we will do it…”
David Rennie after the rout, 48-17, Saturday in Argentina
After the defeat on Saturday against the Pumas, Rennie did not hide his anger. “It’s a huge disappointment. We took four tries from kicks and were outplayed in the collision zones. We had several opportunities but we should have been patient. We want to earn the respect of our country and it is not with a performance like this that we will do it…»
Australia will host South Africa for a double confrontation against the world champions on August 27 and September 3 as part of the 3rd and 4th days of the Rugby Championship. Two undoubtedly decisive shocks as to the future of the Wallabies coach.