Wise­man­tel for Aus­tralia?

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AUS­TRALIAN Scott Wise­man­tel, who was Eng­land’s at­tack coach at the Rugby World Cup, has de­cided to move on af­ter his con­tract ex­pired and looks set to join Dave Ren­nie’s staff at the Wal­la­bies.

Eng­land coach Ed­die Jones, who brought Wise­man­tel into his set-up for last year’s tour of South Africa be­fore ex­tend­ing his deal to cover the World Cup, con­firmed the 49-year-old former rugby league player was leav­ing.

“Scott’s con­tract fin­ished at the end of the World Cup and we had some dis­cus­sions but he has de­cided to move on,” the Aus­tralian told the Daily Mail.

“What­ever role he takes on next, I know he will do an out­stand­ing job be­cause he was fan­tas­tic for us. We will miss him but we wish him all the best, and his fam­ily.”

The news will only in­crease spec­u­la­tion that Wise­man­tel is mov­ing back home to work un­der New Zealan­der Ren­nie, who said on his ap­point­ment last week that he wanted his coach­ing team to have a “re­ally strong Aus­tralian flavour”.

The Syd­ney Morning Herald re­ported yes­ter­day that Wise­man­tel had agreed to re­place Shaun Berne, who was ap­pointed by Michael Cheika ear­lier this year and worked with the Wal­la­bies backs on their run to the World Cup quar­ter-fi­nals.

Eng­land were im­pres­sive in beat­ing de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons New Zealand in the semi-fi­nals in Ja­pan, but came up short in the fi­nal against the Spring­boks.

Wise­man­tel, who was Aus­tralia’s skills coach un­der Jones in 2003 and again in 2007 un­der John Con­nolly, has also been on the coach­ing staff of Samoa and Ja­pan dur­ing a peri­patetic coach­ing ca­reer.

Jones, who is con­tracted to Eng­land un­til the mid­dle of 2021, is also on the look­out for a new scrum coach be­fore the Six Na­tions af­ter Neal Hat­ley re­turned to Bath.

Michael Cheika

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