Illawarra Newsroom

Wollongong teacher lands Wallaroos head coach role

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The Illawarra Grammar School's Head of Sport, Jay Tregonning has been appointed coach of the Australian women's rugby team.

He's signed a one year deal to guide the Wallaroos through to next year's World Cup in New Zealand.

Tregonning was previously involved with the Wallaroos in 2014 as an assistant coach at the World Cup in Paris and has also coached at the national level in the Australian Schools and U18s program in the role of Assistant Coach.

He was also part of the coaching staff of the Australian Schools (U18s) team in 2019 that famously defeated New Zealand Schools and broke a seven-year winless drought and is excited about taking over the women's team next month.

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"I know the side is itching to get together in preparation for next year's Rugby World Cup," Tregonning said.

"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.

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"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 jersey," Tregonning said.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Andy Marinos said certainty around the head coach position is vital after a very disruptive past 12 months the Wallaroos and the World Cup fast approaching.

"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," Marinos said.

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The Illawarra Grammar School also congratulated Tregonning on his appointment and said he will remain as a valued member of the TIGS staff.

Images: Buildcorp Wallaroos and TIGS Facebook