BREAKING: Former England captain named Australia head coach - Ruck

BREAKING: Former England captain named Australia head coach

Rugby Australia has revealed the appointment of Jo Yapp, former England captain, as the new head coach for the Australia women’s team, securing a two-year deal.

This marks a historic moment, as Yapp becomes the inaugural female head coach of an Australian senior national team in a prominent football code.

The 44-year-old, previously serving as the director of rugby for Worcester Women until October, brings her coaching experience, including two stints with the Barbarians.

“I am looking forward to getting started and building further towards the 2025 Rugby World Cup,” Yapp said.

“It is a great honour. I have fond recollections of battling Australia as a player, and you cannot help but be impressed by the strides the Wallaroos have made in the past couple of years.

“For a semi-professional team to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup last year, and to then finish third in the WXV tournament this year, is a huge testament to the talent in the country.”

“Eight venues” – 2025 Rugby World Cup stadiums confirmed, including Twickenham

World Rugby also confirmed that Twickenham Stadium will host the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup Final, on Saturday September 2

1. Twickenham (London): Location: London, England

Bio: Twickenham, often referred to as the home of English rugby, stands as an iconic venue with a rich history. Renowned for hosting major rugby events, this historic stadium in southwest London is the perfect setting for the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

With a capacity to hold over 80,000 passionate fans, Twickenham promises an electrifying atmosphere that will undoubtedly contribute to the tournament’s excitement and prestige.

General view of the pitch before the Summer International match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on August 26, 2023 in London, England. ( Photo by Phil Mingo/PPAUK )

2. Stadium of Light (Sunderland): Location: Sunderland, England

Bio: Nestled on the banks of the River Wear, the Stadium of Light is a beacon of sporting passion in the North East. The home of Sunderland A.F.C. transforms into a rugby haven as it proudly hosts the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Boasting a striking modern architecture and a seating capacity of over 49,000, the stadium promises a thrilling experience for fans and players alike.

General view of the stadium of Light – Photo mandatory by-line: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle – Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 – Mobile: 0797 1270 681 – 25/08/2015 – SPORT – FOOTBALL – Capital One Cup – Second Round – Sunderland AFC v Exeter City – Sunderland Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England