Rugby Australia today announced John Manenti as the new Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach until 2021, officially taking over the reins from Tim Walsh after serving in an interim capacity.
Manenti comes into the role following a three-year apprenticeship as an Assistant Coach for both the Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens programs, before transitioning to the Women’s side in a full-time capacity in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said: “We’re very pleased to announce that John Manenti will lead the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens side for the next three years and will guide the team through its 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games campaign.
“John has been in our Sevens program for a number of years and presented a great vision and plan for the squad and for the women’s program into the future.
“John comes from a strong background in elite coaching with success with Eastwood, Western Sydney Rams and previously to that, as the Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach where he took the team to its best-ever finish of third position at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2010.
“With the Tokyo Olympics just over a year away, we’re pleased to confirm that the legacy created by Tim Walsh will continue with John and his team moving forward.”
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach, John Manenti said: “I’d like to thank Rugby Australia for the faith that they have shown in me.
“I’m really excited about taking on the job and I am looking forward to working with the players to take this team to a new level.
“What we have built with this team is truly special and our challenge is to now add to the story of this side and continue to train and live by the high standards we have set.
“That all starts with the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Paris next weekend where we are in the hunt to win the HSBC Sevens World Series.”
The Aussie Women’s Sevens squad will be named in the coming days for the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Australia currently leads the standings on 74 points with New Zealand in hot pursuit on 70 points.
John Manenti coaching history
Australia U20s, 2009: Coached the Australia U20s to Fifth position at the World Rugby U20s Championship in Wales.
Eastwood, 2010-2015, 2018: Coached the team to the Shute Shield Premiership in 2011, 2014 and 2015. The team also made the Final in 2013 under his coaching.
Buildcorp Wallaroos, 2009-2010: coached the team at the Women’s Rugby World Cup to third position in 2010.
Western Sydney Rams, 2017: Coached the then Western Sydney Rams in 2017 in the National Rugby Championship.
Qantas Australian Sevens, Forwards Coach, 2015-2016: Coached across both Men’s and Women’s Squads.
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens, Assistant Coach 2016-2018: Formally commenced as an Assistant Coach with the Aussie 7s Women’s team.