Neal Hatley, David Rath join Wallabies staff

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The Wallabies are pleased to announce Neal Hatley as the side's new scrum coach.

The highly experienced Hatley is currently serving as Bath's Forwards Coach in the English Premiership and will join up with Eddie Jones and his staff in May.

A former prop who played 193 matches in the Premiership for Bath and Bedford, Hatley began his coaching career with London Irish's Academy in 2008.

He then returned to Bath in 2012 as forwards coach where he stayed for four years before joining Eddie Jones in the England set up, forming part of the coaching group that steered the side to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Japan.

Upon the completion of the tournament, Hatley re-joined Bath, taking on the head coach role for two years from 2020, before beginning his current role with the club.

The Wallabies can also confirm that David Rath will join the staffing group as Learning Coordinator.

Rath makes the move from St Kilda Football Club where he has held a number of roles in High Performance including Head of Football.

Before joining St Kilda, Rath was part of the Hawthorn Football Club's team staff which led the side to four AFL Premierships in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Incoming Wallabies scrum coach Neal Hatley said: "I'm honoured to join Eddie and the Wallabies in what's a massive year with the World Cup just over five months away."

"While my focus is here with Bath at the moment, I know there's plenty of potential within the playing group in Australia and I'm looking forward to maximising thatwhen I begin the role."

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones said: "It's great to have Neal and David on board with the Wallabies."

"Neal's a coach with a tremendous amount of experience and knows what's required to be successful at International level.

"David has worked with the best coaches in the AFL and will bring a skill set that will help aid our learning environment."

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Wallabies v South Africa, 5:05pm SAST/1:05am AEST, Saturday 8 July at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Wallabies v Argentina, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 15 July at CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Wallabies v New Zealand, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 29 July at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Wallabies v New Zealand, 2:35pm NZST/12:35pm AEST Saturday 5 August at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

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