NSW Rugby boss Paul Doorn says the Waratahs will conduct a worldwide search in coming months to find a replacement for Rob Penney but former assistant Simon Cron won’t be available to lead the team out of its crisis.
Cron, who left the Waratahs in 2019 to take up a head coaching job with Toyota Verblitz, had been flagged as a potential successor to Daryl Gibson before poor timing resulted in the Kiwi taking his services elsewhere.
Poor timing has struck once again, as Cron has recently resigned with Toyota.
“Unfortunately I’m out of the running for the Waratahs next year,” Cron told the Herald.
“I re-signed a few weeks ago with Toyota and in good faith I just couldn’t push things any longer. Timing is obviously a killer.“
With the Waratahs on the search for a new coach following Penney’s sacking on Sunday following five straight defeats this year, Cron’s name was one of the leading options and sources told the Herald contact had been made with the former Junior Wallabies coach.
While Cron is unavailable, another Australian overseas is understood to be keen on the NSW job.
Darren Coleman, who coached Warringah and Gordon to Shute Shield titles recently, is with the LA Giltinis in US major League Rugby at the moment but sources close to the 48-year say he would entertain the position, particularly given he applied for the job that Penney ended up getting at the end of 2019.
Australian women’s sevens coach John Manenti, who cut his teeth in the Shute Shield as coach of Eastwood, has also been discussed by NSW officials as a potential option.