Nathan Grey joins Sunwolves, takes on national coach advisory role after post-World Cup cleanout

Grey will work with the men’s and women’s sevens programs, the Wallaroos, Junior Wallabies, the Australian U18s and state U19s programs. Larkham worked closely with the Wallaroos and Junior Wallabies, in particular, a presence the young U20s players lapped up in the lead-up to the World Championships this year.


“I’m really excited to step into this new role next year. I’ve enjoyed my time as an assistant at both the NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies for the last four years but this is now an opportunity for me to continue my development as a coach,” Grey said.

“The Sunwolves have an incredibly talented group of players that are keen to learn, and the same can be said of the coaching staff in Tokyo, too. We all saw from the recent World Cup just how much ability and potential there is in Japan, and I will be doing all I can to help in their development.

“I’m also really looking forward to assisting with the Australian Sevens programs, the Wallaroos as well as the junior teams here in Australia.

“We have some really talented individuals coming through the ranks at all levels so it’s about harnessing that, and then complementing the great work that the coaches are already doing with their respective teams,” Grey said.

Grey with, from left, Mick Byrne, George Gregan, Michael Cheika and Simon Raiwalui. Credit:Stu Walmsley/

Larkham left the role in June after almost six months, and now coaches Irish province Munster in a “senior coach” role.

Grey enjoyed enormous success coaching under Michael Cheika and alongside then-attack coach Daryl Gibson at NSW but failed to translate that to the Test arena, with the Wallabies finishing on a 50 per cent win rate and a poor defensive record.

In the 2019 World Cup they conceded the highest number of points per game (21.6) of any of the other tournaments, including 10 tries across five games – the most tries since the 1987 Wallabies conceded 14 in six games.


Rugby Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson said: “Nathan has proven himself to be a great young coach and he’s one that we didn’t want to lose out of the system.

“We want to see him continue to grow and evolve and that will happen now with Nathan to be given a bit more responsibility and scope.

“Nathan’s role with the Sunwolves came out of discussions with the [Japan Rugby Football Union] and the support they felt they needed to continue to grow. We’re really proud of the relationship we have with the JRFU and we’ve been looking at new ways in how we can collaborate to achieve our respective goals across the business but specifically in high performance.”

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