Australian coach Robbie Deans has made three new appointments to his coaching staff, ahead of mid-year Tests against Scotland and after the clean-out that followed last year's World Cup failure.
Tony McGahan, who succeeded Ireland coach Declan Kidney as Coaching Director of glamour club Munster, will join Deans in a new role as coaching co-ordinator.
Deans said McGahan, who has also coached in the Queensland state and Japan, will have a major role in the overall co-ordination of the coaching and management of the Australia team.
Former Wallabies prop Andrew Blades has been named for a second term as Wallabies forwards coach, eight years after his first, and Nick Scrivener, a former Brumbies player will become a coaching assistant.
McGahan, the former physical education teacher, is no stranger to some leading Wallabies players.
He coached both ex-skipper Rocky Elsom and fellow loose forward Richard Brown at Nudgee College, taught star flank David Pocock in the classroom at Brisbane's Anglican Church Grammar, while later mentoring current Wallabies captain James Horwill and fellow team regulars wing Digby Ioane and hooker Tatafu Polota Nau, during his time as coaching coordinator of the Australian Under-19 side.
McGahan's experience as a head coach is considered a major asset for the newly created role, where he will have a significant involvement in the overall co-ordination of the coaching and management team, as well as the player liaison, assisting head coach Robbie Deans.
Blades takes over as the team's forwards coach, returning to the position for a second time after a wide-ranging career which has also included experience with both the Brumbies and the Newcastle Falcons in the English Premiership.
Blades assisted Eddie Jones and then David Nucifora during his time on the Brumbies coaching staff.
This was followed by two seasons in the Northern Hemisphere from 2002 to 2004 where he was forwards coach for the Newcastle Falcons in England's club Premiership. He returned to Australia take up a forward-orientated coaching position with the Wallabies in 2004.
A World Cup-winner as a player in 1999, Blades moved into coaching at the conclusion of an on-field career that included 32 Test appearances for Australia between 1996 and 1999 - a period which included the 3-0 Bledisloe Cup series win in 1998 and Australia's second World Cup success a year later.
He also played 47 matches for the NSW Waratahs between 1992 and 1999, with that career split by one season with the Queensland Reds in 1995 when he featured in the state's Super 10 championship-winning side.
Blades will have responsibility for both the scrum and line-out as part of his duties.
Scrivener, who has coached at both the Brumbies and in Scotland, joins the Wallabies for the first time as the team's Coaching Assistant.
A product of Canberra and a foundation member of the Brumbies playing squad in 1996, Scrivener arrived back in Australia last year to take up the head coaching position within the Australian Rugby Union's Academy programme.
This followed a two-year stint in Europe where he was head coach of both the Pro 12 (formerly Celtic League) club Edinburgh, as well as the Scotland A side.
Prior to his departure, Scrivener was a part of the Brumbies coaching staff for 10 seasons, working alongside experienced coaches in firstly Eddie Jones, and then David Nucifora, during the height of the club's success between 2000 and 2004 when the side won two Super Rugby titles while also making another final.
Scrivener has previously been involved coaching at a national level as an assistant backline/attack coach on the staff of the Australian Under-21 and Australia A teams.
The Wallabies squad for the June Test matches will be announced when the preliminary group of Queensland Reds and Western Force players assemble in Sydney on Monday, May 28.
Playing contingents from the Melbourne Rebels, Brumbies and NSW Waratahs will come into camp after they complete their Super Rugby commitments the following weekend.
An initial group of 34 players will be named, with this being trimmed back to 30 once the opening Test of the year, which is being played midweek, is completed.
The international season begins when Newcastle makes its debut as a Test venue on Tuesday, June 5, as the Wallabies hosts Scotland for the Hopetoun Cup.
This match will be followed four days later by the first of three Tests for the James Bevan Trophy against the new Six Nations champions Wales.
Warren Gatland's Grand Slam-winning side play Tests in Brisbane (June 9), Melbourne (June 16) and an afternoon Test in Sydney (June 23).
The inaugural Rugby Championship, which kicks off after the conclusion of Super Rugby in August, opens with back-to-back Bledisloe Cup Tests in Sydney (August 18) and Auckland (August 25).
These are followed by home-and-away Tests against each of South Africa and the tournament newcomers, Argentina.
South Africa will appear in Perth on September 8, with Skilled Park on the Gold Coast being welcomed as a new Test venue a week later on September 15, when last year's World Cup quarterfinalist Argentina appears on Australian soil for the first time since the 2003 World Cup.
The 15-Test Wallabies programme concludes with a year-end tour which includes Tests against France, England, Italy and Wales.
The trip will be preceded by the eighth and final Test on Australian soil for the year, when the Wallabies battle the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 20 October.
2012 Wallabies Coaching & Management Team:
Head Coach: Robbie Deans
Coaching Coordinator: Tony McGahan
Forwards Coach: Andrew Blades
Coaching Assistant: Nick Scrivener
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Ashley Jones
Manager: Bob Egerton
Logistics Manager: Matt Sheppard
Doctor: Dr Warren MacDonald
Physiotherapist: Andrew Ryan
Analyst: Andrew Sullivan
Media Manager: Matt McILraith
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