David Nucifora

David Nucifora is a former Australian rugby union player, who played for the Queensland and Australia.He played as a hooker. He played for the Queensland team from 1986-1993 and was selected into the Wallabies in 1991 and was also a part of the famous 1991 Rugby World Cup winning team which beat England in a nail-biting final winning 12-6.

Coaching career

Coach of the ACT Brumbies

In 2002 he was appointed as the coach of ACT Brumbies team and he took them to 3 consecutive finals before winning the 2004 Super 12 tournament. He was also named Australian coach of the year from 2002 to 2004 (3 years). In April 2004, he was sacked by the ACT Brumbies because the Brumbies management believed that Nucifora introduced changes to the squad and the development of younger players and that his job was done and that the development program required another set of skills. As a result of this, Nucifora became the first ever coach in Super Rugby history, to be sacked after winning the title.

Move to the Blues

In 2005 he joined the Blues team as a technical advisor and high performance manager, the positions were previously held by current All Blacks coach Graham Henry. After Peter Sloane four-year tenure as the head coach for the Blues ended, David was chosen as the new head coach for the Blues franchise. This appointment was initially supported by fans but the team's inability to win and the loss of the high risk attacking rugby has caused many fans to call for his immediate dissmissal. Pat Lam is the coach favoured to take over the role.

Wallaby coaching aspirations

In late 2007 David applied for the role of Australian Head Coach. It was well known throughout this time that Crusaders coach Robbie Deans was the favourite of ARU CEO John O'neil, however Deans made a decision to apply for the All Blacks coaching role instead. Dean's decision to apply for the All Blacks made David the front runner for the Wallabies post, however the NZRU controversial decided to keep incumbent coach Graham Henry despite the All Blacks worst ever performance at a world cup which lead to Deans successfully applying for the Wallabies job. Despite Deans' appointment David has insisted that he hasn't given up on coaching internationally one day. Recently speculation has emerged that David may become one of Robbie Deans' assistant coaches at the Wallabies.

Links to the Ireland Job

On 20 March 2008 Eddie O'Sullivan resigned from his post as Irish rugby manager. Nucifora's name has immediately become a name in the race to succeed O'Sullivan. Nucifora has yet to declare any interest in the job though it is believed he seeks to enter international rugby management. Odds on see him priced at 25/1.

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