THE KANGAROOS are on the hunt for a new coach, after Tim Sheens resigned to take up an offer overseas.
He’s accepted a three-year deal as full-time director of rugby with English Super League club Salford, starting next month.
Despite Sheens leading Australia to a World Cup victory in 2013, recent poor performances and three consecutive test losses to New Zealand had seen the side lose its world No.1 ranking. Many were therefore expecting Sheens to be replaced at the end of the year.
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The 64-year-old, who has also worked as head coach for Canberra, Wests Tigers and North Queensland in the NRL, has been keeping his options open, spending the past two months working at Salford on a short-term advisory basis.
“Now we’ve survived successfully in Super League, I’ve had a good talk with the family and to (club owner) Marwan (Koukash),” Sheens said.
“So I’ve resigned from the Australian group and I’ll be ready to start in November.”