The Wallaroos have announced Jay Tregonning has been appointed head coach until the end of 2022.
Tregonning served as an assistant coach for the Wallaroos at the 2014 World Cup before going on to coach at the national level with the Australian Schools and U18s program as an assistant coach.
With the rescheduled World Cup in 2022 on the horizon, Tregonning was eager to work with the squad as they look to improve on their seventh-place finish in 2017.
“It’s exciting the join the squad at this time, I know the side is itching to get together in preparation for next year’s Rugby World Cup," he said in a statement.
“The squad is bursting with very talented players and it’s going to be a great year ahead as we get prepared for the World Cup.
“There is definitely a lot to do between now and September next year and I’m eager to start working with the extended squad.
“I would like to thank the playing group and state coaching staff who have been working hard in preparation for when we are able to schedule some matches.
“I think the upcoming Buildcorp Super W competition will also be crucial next year, not only for selection purposes but to make sure our players have a good amount of game time for when they don the green and gold."
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As Tregonning begins the process of formalising his coaching staff alongside Inge Visser and Brendon Whelan, RA CEO Andy Marinos is confident he will be the right person for the job.
“It’s a critical time for our Wallaroos as not only have our ladies endured a very disruptive past 12 months but we have the 2022 World Cup fast approaching and to have certainty around the Head Coach position is vital," he added.
“We received many applications from across the country, which continues to highlight the growing interest in the Women’s game, and I’d like to congratulate Jay in his appointment.
“Being involved as an educator together with his rugby knowledge and experience, we found him very well balanced, articulate and with a clear direction in which he wants to take this group forward.
“Having served as an assistant in the 2014 Wallaroos’ campaign, he knows the rigours that a World Cup demands, while his experience with the Australian Schools will help in delivering the satellite programs as we wait for a time in which we can bring the squad together again.
“I know both the staff and players are looking forward to Jay commencing next month, and we wish him all the best."