They have put state loyalties aside for the good of a common cause, meeting in Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday to look at ways to improve the Wallabies and Australian rugby in general.
They will have leadership training and profiling at Sydney’s University of Technology with input from the Australian Institute of Sport.
Former Wallabies star Rod Kafer has managed to organise the unprecedented forum as part of his role as head of special projects in the Australian union’s high performance department which is run by Ben Whittaker.
Australian rugby hit a new low this season when their Super Rugby teams failed to win a game against New Zealand opposition and the All Blacks put away the Bledisloe Cup for another year.
“It is borne out of the fact that we had no Super Rugby wins against the Kiwis and 15 years of Bledisloe Cup losses,” Kafer told the Daily Telegraph.
“People at some point have got to say ‘maybe we need to do something a little bit differently’, and I reckon we’re at that point.
“Ben Whitaker’s done a really good job of bringing the various constituents into one room and it’s been a process of developing trust.
“It’s early stages, and it needs to be proven, but there’s certainly a higher level of trust and understanding in the game.”
Head coaches, assistant coaches, team analysts, athletic performance, team managers, general managers of high performance will all be part of the think tank.
“We’re trying to answer the question of what does the player of the future look like, and are we preparing for the player of the future. That will be a core concept of those two days.”
The Wallabies have been on the improve and play the All Blacks in Brisbane on October 22 though it’s a dead rubber with the Bledisloe Cup locked away safely in Wellington for another year.
The Wallabies jumped to No 3 in the world rankings with their latest win over Argentina that saw them finish second to the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship.