Rugby: Dave Rennie sacked as Wallabies head coach less than eight months out from 2023 World Cup, Eddie Jones to take over

Kiwi Dave Rennie has been sacked as Australia rugby coach, with former England coach Eddie Jones named his successor.

Rugby Australia has confirmed Rennie has been relieved of his duties, less than eight months out from the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

After being sacked by England at the end of 2022, Jones, 62, will take the helm of  the Wallabies for a second time on a five-year deal, after previously coaching them from 2001-05.

Eddie Jones has sensationally returned as Wallabies coach.
Eddie Jones has sensationally returned as Wallabies coach. Photo credit: Getty Images

"It is a major coup for Australian rugby to have the best coach in the world return home to coach the iconic Wallabies and to oversee the Wallaroos programme," said Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan.

"Eddie's deep understanding of our rugby system, and knowledge of our player group and pathways will lift the team to the next level.

"Eddie instinctively understands the Australian way of playing rugby. This represents an opportunity to secure a coach of immense expertise and experience at the biggest competitions, and we did not want to miss it."

Jones famously coached Australia to the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, where his side were beaten by England.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to come home to Australia and lead my nation to a Rugby World Cup," said Jones.

"It is going to be an immense period for Australian Rugby. As a proud Australian, it is a great honour to be able to come home and lead the national team during these years."

Rennie, 59, took charge of the Wallabies after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, after stints with the Chiefs in Super Rugby and Glasgow Warriors in Europe's Pro12 competition.

But after initially improving the Wallabies' results, winning four of his first six games in charge, Australia struggled, notably in 2022, when they won just five of 14 games and only avoided their worst season in professional rugby with a 39-34 victory against Wales.

All up, Rennie's record with the Wallabies reads 13 wins from 34 games, with three draws and 18 losses. His winning rate of 38 percent is the lowest of any Wallabies coach to have overseen at least 30 tests.

Earlier this month, both Rennie and Jones denied they would work together over the coming season.