Nucifora in line coach Melbourne’s Super15 team

Former Brumbies and Blues coach David Nucifora is in line to coach the new Melbourne Super 15 team and ARU deputy chief executive Matt Carroll is set to become the chief executive of the new Super Rugby franchise.


The ARU decided to manage Melbourne’s application to SANZAR as a result of infighting in Victoria over the bid for the Super rugby licence and this had led to strong strong speculation about the involvement of Nucifora and Carroll in the new team.


Nucifora is currently the ARU’s high performance manager but has extensive experience in Super Rugby and won the title with the Brumbies. After the Brumbies he left for Auckland where he coached the Blues to the Semi-finals.


Nucifora was also considered the favourite to take the Wallabies coaching job until Robbie Deans became available.


Former Waratahs and Stade Francais coach Ewen McKenzie is now believed to be the frontrunner for the Reds job, although the QRU is believed to be still considering other options.


Back in Melbourne the Australian has revealed that one of the Super 15 consortiums in Melbourne, VicSuper15 did want to appoint Michael Cheika, the Australian coach who guided the Rocky Elsom-inspired Irish province Leinster to victory in the European Cup, with former Wallabies captain Mark Ella as chief executive.


The three consortiums who the ARU wanted to work together were not able to do that so the ARU board decided not to award the licence to any of the rival bidders and took control of the bid with two of their own staff (Nucifora and Carroll) being pushed into positions for the new Super 15 team.

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