Stephen Larkham shows interest in taking Australia's coaching role

Australia were eliminated from the Rugby World Cup in France in the opening round
Australia were eliminated from the Rugby World Cup in France in the opening round

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has expressed interest in taking over the coaching role of the Wallabies following their disastrous Rugby World Cup campaign.

A part of the 1999 victorious World Cup campaign for Australia, the 49-year-old kicked the famous 48m-drop goal to help them seal a semi-final win over South Africa and has gone on to play for his country 102 times before announcing retirement from international rugby in 2007.

With Eddie Jones stepping up after the World Cup in France where they became the first Wallabies side to be eliminated in the opening round, Rugby Australia has been on the hunt for a successor and the Brumbies boss has raised his hands with an aim to help them improve following the debacle.

"I'm certainly interested in trying to help rugby in Australia," Larkham said.

"We've got a real philosophy here to make sure we are growing the game as an organisation.

"So however I can help in terms of improving our results and improving our growth within the sporting arena, I'd love to be involved."

The 49-year-old has already worked with Australia as an attack coach and also had a stint with Munster but majority of his playing and coaching career has been with Brumbies.

Under Larkham, Brumbies went on to reach the semi-finals on both the occasions in 2022 and 2023 and is now focussed on helping them complete a title win in the upcoming season.

"We've sort of got a fair bit on, RA have got a fair bit on at the moment and I'm very focused here on my job," he said.

"We've got a number of changes here with our staff since Super Rugby finished, so there's been a really good planning period here with the coaches.

"We're looking to go one better from last year ... I've been heavily focused here on this program."