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Dwyer welcomes ARU coaching summit

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/05/2017 Darren Walton

World Cup-winning Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer is confident an ARU summit to address the dire performances of Australia's five Super Rugby teams will bring "immediate benefits".

Dwyer has welcomed the governing body's invitation to sit in on the summit after last month calling for ARU chief Bill Pulver and his entire board to stand down following Australia's worst start to a Super Rugby season in the competition's 21-year history.

In a candid interview with AAP, he also urged the ARU to pour more money into grassroots development and coaching education.

It seems Pulver and co are listening, having first pledged to redirect savings from cutting one Australian franchise - said to be $6 million annually - into grassroots rugby and creating better development pathways for officials and coaches.

Now the game's heavy hitters have turned to Dwyer and legendary coaching director Dick Marks to be involved in the looming summit to try to rectify Australia's on-field woes.

The Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Western Force and Melbourne Rebels have lost a combined 23 matches in a row against New Zealand opposition, including 17 straight this year, and appear headed for a humiliating season-long trans-Tasman whitewash.

But with eight trans-Tasman fixtures remaining either side of a three-week break in the competition for the June Tests, there's still time to stem the bleeding.

Marks, instrumental in developing some of Australia's greatest coaches - including Dwyer - in the 1970s and 80s, will sit down with Dwyer and coaching personnel from the five states and the Wallabies to thrash out a plan to improve performances.

"The (ARU's) high performance unit are certainly moving on that and that's great," Dwyer said on Wednesday.

"That's appropriate and that's where it should be focused."

High performance director Ben Whitaker believes many of Australia's can be addressed "quickly".

While Dywer doesn't necessarily believe a total quick fix is realistic, the 1991 World Cup-winning mentor says disgruntled fans can expect improvements sooner rather than later.

"The first step in the right direction is a good one. It's a good move," Dwyer said.

"I'm sure it will bring short-term benefits and bring massive long-term benefits.

"Some people want to look at short-term solutions - and they can deliver short-term benefits, but they never deliver long-term benefits.

"But the reverse is that long-term solutions deliver immediate short-term benefits, and I mean immediate. In one week."

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