Attack Coach – Jim McKay
An assistant coach with Ewen McKenzie at the Queensland Reds over four seasons, the 2013 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship is Jim McKay’s first assignment as attack coach for the Qantas Wallabies.
McKay was named in August as McKenzie’s only new addition to the Wallabies coaching set up, after the pair forged a Super Rugby-winning partnership together at the Reds. In just his second year with the club, McKay played an integral part in the Reds’ first Super Rugby title in 2011.
Prior to his time with the Reds, McKay held an impressive winning strike rate of over 80 per cent in 14 seasons of coaching.
His previous positions include head coach of the Leicester Tigers Academy in 2009, director of rugby and coaching at the Cornish Pirates from 2004 to 2008 and assistant coach of Orrell in 2003.
In 2012, McKay also finished his Masters of Coaching and Education after completing his final thesis on the ‘Role of Unstructured Practice in Elite Rugby’ at Sydney University.
Set Piece Coach – Andrew Blades
Now into the second year of his second stint as an assistant-coach of the Qantas Wallabies, Andrew Blades was capped on 32 occasions by Australia after making his Test debut against Scotland at Edinburgh in 1996.
His Test debut had been four years in the making after he first appeared for Australia on the 1992 tours of South Africa and the United Kingdom. A product of the Gordon Club in Sydney’s north, Blades was educated at Killara High School and came up through the grades, appearing for the Australian Schoolboys, Under-17 and Under-21 teams, before he made his debut for New South Wales against Canterbury in the then Super Six Championship in 1992.
Blades went on to make 47 appearances for the Waratahs through until his last season in 1999, with that career split by a one season stint with Queensland in 1995 where he featured in their Super 10-winning side.
Between 1996 and his Test career swansong at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Blades featured in Australian teams which won and then successfully defended the Bledisloe Cup (1998 & 1999), before ending as part of the team which lifted the Rugby World Cup for the second time.
Blades moved into coaching soon after his retirement, assisting Eddie Jones and then David Nucifora during his time on the Brumbies coaching staff. Following this he had two seasons in the Northern Hemisphere from 2002-04 where he was forwards coach for the Newcastle Falcons in England’s club Premiership.
He returned to Australia take up a coaching position with the Wallabies in 2004. Blades subsequently worked for the NSW Rugby Union before returning to ARU last year, firstly as a resource coach for the national academy programme, then taking up his posting with the Qantas Wallabies.
Defence Coach – Nick Scrivener
A foundation member of the Brumbies playing squad in 1996, Nick Scrivener brought with him a wealth of experience – both with the Brumbies and in Scotland – when he last year joined the Qantas Wallabies in the role of Coaching Assistant.
Scrivener was educated at Marist College, Canberra, and the University of Canberra, combining his studies with a promising sporting career which saw him play for Tuggeranong Vikings then represent ACT in both Rugby Sevens and the XV a-side game, while featuring in the inaugural Brumbies squad.
He began his coaching career back at Marist College, before taking on a selection of ACT representative teams prior to re-joining the Brumbies as its Academy coach in 1999. Scrivener was then appointed Brumbies Skills Co-ordinator, working alongside firstly Eddie Jones and then David Nucifora, during the height of the club’s success between 2000 and 2004 when the Brumbies dominated the competition.
Head Performance Coach – Scott Murphy
After twenty years’ experience developing elite level athletes across a range of elite sports, Scott Murphy joined Australian Rugby Union in 2013 as the Qantas Wallabies Head Performance Coach.
Highly-regarded for his expertise in maximising professional athletes’ performance, Murphy has a strong Rugby pedigree having earlier enjoyed Premiership and European success in roles with Saracens and Bath Rugby Union in the United Kingdom.
His highlights also extend across a range of fields with Murphy part of the Brisbane Lions’ three premiership successes (2001-03) in the Australian Football League (AFL), a team coach for the Australian Athens Olympic Games and personally coaching multiple medalists in Track and Field for in the Commonwealth Games.
Having joined the Qantas Wallabies ahead of the historic British & Irish Lions series, Murphy is now responsible for managing all high performance elements of the national teams program, including physical development, sports science and nutrition.
Murphy has coached alongside four former or current Qantas Wallabies coaches in Ewen McKenzie, Robbie Deans, John Connelly and Eddie Jones.
His expertise has also afforded him the opportunity to experience a number of other elite performance environments, including but not limited to numerous international soccer heavyweights and in various American sports such as the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball League (NBA).