Cron named latest Wallabies assistant coach

Mon, Apr 1, 2024, 9:00 PM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Mike Cron watches on at Melbourne Rebels training. Photo: Afa Polo/Melbourne Rebels
Mike Cron watches on at Melbourne Rebels training. Photo: Afa Polo/Melbourne Rebels

The Wallabies are pleased to announce the well-respected Mike Cron as the latest assistant to join Joe Schmidt’s coaching staff.

The highly experienced Cron has been coaching for more than 30 years, most notably in New Zealand where he was an assistant with the All Blacks for more than 200 Tests.

Having spent time working across six continents, Cron has also been a consultant with World Rugby in recent years.

Meanwhile, the Wallabies can also confirm Chris Thomson has been appointed as team manager in a key backroom appointment.

Thomson joins the Wallabies from the ACT Brumbies, where he has been in the role of General Manager of Professional Rugby and Pathways since 2022.

He was previously employed at World Rugby as the High-Performance Project Manager for Pathways and Player Development and before that was the General Manager of the Fijian Drua, departing after the team won the 2018 National Rugby Championship.

Wallabies coach Joe Schmidt said: “Mike has added tremendous value in every programme he has been involved with and brings a wealth of knowledge to our coaching group.”

“Knowing Chris from his time at World Rugby, he will work extremely hard behind the scenes to make sure we are well organised from an off-field perspective.”

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