Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will have to reapply for his position when his contract runs out at the end of the year.
This is according to new ARU chief executive Bill Pulver, who was appointed on Wednesday and will start his new job on 1 February.
Pulver said Deans was not under threat to keep his position for the remainder of his contract, but when asked if the New Zealander would have to reapply for the Wallabies coaching job if he wants to continue in it, Pulver said: ‘Yes.’
Asked if Deans revealed his ambitions when they met for the first time over breakfast this week, he added: ‘Absolutely. He is loving the role and he wants to push on for as long as he can.’
Deans is under pressure after the injury-plagued Wallabies dropped from second to third in the world rankings in 2012 and played a brand of rugby which delivered just 15 tries in 15 games.
Australia play 14 Tests this year, including three against the British & Irish Lions.