Mario Ledesma returns home to coach Jaguares in Super Rugby

SYDNEY (AP) — Mario Ledesma will leave his assistant coaching job with the Wallabies to return home and coach the Jaguares in Super Rugby.

The Australian Rugby Union said in a statement Wednesday that Ledesma will assume the head coaching role for the Jaguares after Australia's third and final Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand in Brisbane on Oct. 21.

Ledesma, a 44-year-old former hooker, played 84 tests for Argentina over 16 years before current Wallabies coach Michael Cheika — in his then-role as head coach of French side Stade Francais — signed Ledesma as his assistant in Paris.

Ledesma then joined Cheika in Sydney at New South Wales Waratahs for the start of the 2015 Super Rugby season before signing on as Australia's forwards coach ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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