The Australian Rugby Union has appointed departing Blues coach David Nucifora as its new high performance manager, the ARU told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.
News 24 reports that the appointment was widely expected within rugby circles, particularly after Nucifora confirmed on May 1 he would not be seeking to extend his stay with the Auckland-based Super 14 team.
The former Wallabies hooker will replace Pat Howard in June. Howard returned to Australia last year after a successful stint with English club side Leicester Tigers to take up the position.
Nucifora spent three seasons in charge of the Blues after initially joining them as a technical advisor in 2005. He led the Brumbies to the 2004 Super 12 title, despite being told midway through the season his contract would not be renewed at its conclusion.
He had earlier ruled out applying for the Waratahs job after current coach Ewen McKenzie was told his contract would not be renewed after this season.
Nucifora’s Blues, who had been Super 14 front runners in the early part of the season, faded badly in the middle section and had an outside chance of making the semi-finals after they beat the Hurricanes 19-17 last week.
However, other results went against them and they finished sixth.Tweet