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New boss Schmidt aware of Wallabies challenge

New Australia head coach Joe Schmidt has been around the block and is fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead with turning the Wallabies’ fortunes around.

Rugby Australia took their time to announce an appointment after the departure of Eddie Jones last October and now the work has begun for Schmidt to get the Wallabies challenging for silverware once again.

A fresh start much needed

After crashing out of the 2023 World Cup in the pool stages, it was clear it was only going to be a matter of time before Jones was out the door.

The former England boss was hoping to be the cavalry charging in to save the day ahead of the major tournament in France but a poor Rugby Championship was followed by a World Cup to forget.

Now with a clean slate and with the chance to have his imprint on the side, former Ireland boss Schmidt is ready for the challenge.

"I thought it was a good opportunity to try to pitch in and get Australia up and running," said Schmidt.

"It's a rebuild that will take a little bit of time and I'm probably a pragmatist," he added. "I can't promise anything other than I'll be working really hard to try to make it as successful as it can be.

"I'm also a realistic coach - you are judged on your outcomes and you live or die by them."

Lions tour offers an exciting opportunity

While Australia will clearly look to make progress in the next Rugby Championship, the excitement is just starting to grow ahead of the British & Irish Lions’ arrival on Aussie soil in 2025.

Schmidt’s successor with Ireland, Andy Farrell, has been named the next Lions head coach and the touring side will be looking to make it back-to-back successes in Australia following their 2-1 series win in 2013.

It’s an exciting opportunity for the Wallabies to test themselves against the best England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have to offer, while allowing Schmidt to see his chargers in a high-pressure environment.

2027 World Cup the ultimate goal

The countdown has already begun on the next World Cup, with the 2027 edition set to be hosted on Australian soil.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Wallabies to add a third world title to their name, but Schmidt will know there is work to be done to catch up to the likes of South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland and France.

Schmidt has the experience, the player management and the grit to have an impact on the Wallabies set-up and get the national side moving back in the right direction.

The Wallabies are 8.00 to go all the way and lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2027, while the All Blacks are the current favourite to claim the title at 3.50.

South Africa are 4.00 to retain the World Cup, while northern hemisphere powerhouses France and Ireland are both 6.00.

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