McKenzie bids Reds farewell brings you the latest Super Rugby news from Australia.

Ewen’s out of there

Ewen McKenzie will apply for the Australian national coaching job post the British and Irish Lions series. If unsuccessful he will look to further his international coaching career overseas.

McKenzie, who coached the Tahs, Stade Francais and the Reds, led the latter to a first Super Rugby title in 2011. He has been the Director of Rugby in the last year and said it was time to move if he was to further his coaching career. He stated his ambition to coach a national team as the primary reason for his departure.

Hansen gives Aussies hope

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Australia’s more experienced players will struggle in Super Rugby pre the British and Irish Lions series, primarily because the focus is on peaking for the biggest international tour in 12 years.

Hansen said it was understandable and wasn’t reading too much into the stuttering start of many senior Wallabies.

He said the Super Rugby tournament schedule was also so demanding that players could not sustain a peak throughout and the more experienced timed their peaks.

Barnes blow

Berrick Barnes is out of Super Rugby for the next six weeks because of surgery to a thumb. Barnes injured his hand in the 27-26 defeat against the Cheetahs in Sydney. Barnes is among the favourites to play flyhalf for the Wallabies against the British and Irish Lions in June and July.