"Historic move" - Former England captain set to be named Australia head coach - Ruck

“Historic move” – Former England captain set to be named Australia head coach

In a groundbreaking development in Australian sports, Jo Yapp, a former England scrum-half, is poised to take on the role of the next head coach for the Wallaroos.

This was reported by The Roar earlier today, disclosing that the 44-year-old, formerly the coach for England under-20s and the director of rugby at Worcester, has inked a two-year contract, extending through the 2024 World Cup.

Upon her appointment, Yapp will become the second female head coach for the Wallaroos, succeeding Shelley Lingman.

Notably, Yapp served as the captain for England during the 2006 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Worcester Warriors Women’s Director of Rugby, Jo Yapp during the Women’s Allianz Premier 15s match between Exeter Chiefs Women and Worcester Warriors Women at Sandy Park on 7 Nov 2020. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK.

An official announcement of this significant move is expected in the coming days.

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