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Category: Michael Cheika

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The Breakdown | Leicester need an overhaul – is Michael Cheika the man for the job?

Whatever the outcome of the Folau hearing, Michael Cheika is leaving Australia in six months, and the Tigers are in need of revitalisationIsrael Folau’s future in rugby union will be determined by a tribunal sitting in Sydney this weekend. The three-st…

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Billy Vunipola to meet RFU but will not face disciplinary action

• Player will discuss his online support for Israel Folau with RFU• Folau said hell awaits homosexuals, adulterers and idolatersBilly Vunipola will not face the threat of disciplinary action when he meets the Rugby Football Union to discuss his online …

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Rugby Australia must act as Wallabies’ worst calendar year finishes

Michael Cheika has tried his way, now it’s time for Rugby Australia to try something else The Wallabies have sunk to such a low point that Rugby Australia must now intervene in the coaching and selection of the team if it is to have any hope of success…

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Michael Cheika calls referee’s decision over Owen Farrell tackle ‘ludicrous’ – video

Australia coach Michael Cheika has criticised referee Jaco Peyper after a try-saving no-arms tackle by Owen Farrell went unpunished in his side’s 37-18 defeat to England. With the tourists trailing 13-10 on the stroke of halftime, Australia lock I…

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Michael Cheika mixes praise of Eddie Jones with dig at England’s tactics | Andy Bull

Australia coach is under pressure after only four Test wins this year but he will have David Pocock in his XV at TwickenhamMichael Cheika and Eddie Jones go back a long way, right to their playing days when they used to pack down together in the suburb…

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Australia’s tough year can end on high if history repeats itself in Wales | Paul Rees

The Wallabies have endured a rollercoaster 12 months since winning in Cardiff a year ago but their record against Wales suggests Michael Cheika’s side can get back on trackWhen Wales were thrashed by New Zealand in the 1987 World Cup semi-final, their …

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Tactics not theatrics spur Wallabies’ Salta second act reversal

Michael Cheika’s furious half-time spray captured the cameras, but it was a tactical tweak that spurred Australia’s improvementIt may have been long overdue, but the Wallabies finally figured out how to adapt to one of the key law changes in the game w…

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Ledesma backs under fire Wallabies coach ahead of Pumas clash

Mario Ledesma gives former boss a vote of confidenceAustralia don’t have ‘a better solution’ than CheikaArgentina coach Mario Ledesma reckons Rugby Australia would be foolish to punt Michael Cheika as Wallabies coach, even if they’re beaten again by hi…

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‘I hope the fan is happy,’ says Cheika after Lukhan Tui incident – video

Australian flanker Lukhan Tui says he no longer wants to play following an altercation with a fan after his sides 23-19 loss to Argentina.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika claimed that the incident occurred because the fan pushed Tui’s sister. Continue re…

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Israel Folau to face disciplinary World Rugby hearing

Folau was sin-binned in 31st minute of Irish defeatHearing relates to another incident in the ninth minuteWallabies fullback Israel Folau will face a hearing in front of World Rugby officials after receiving a warning over a second incident separate to…

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Schmidt defends Ireland’s aerial tactics with Australia series still up in the air

• Head coach says approach to counter Israel Folau is legal• Australia’s Michael Cheika: ‘Everything on the line’ in final TestAustralia expect the series against Ireland, which is locked at 1-1 going into the final Test at a sell-out Allianz Stadium i…

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Wallabies’ tactical kicking game goes missing in loss to Ireland | Bret Harris

It was hard to tell if Australia changed their game plan, or didn’t execute it as wellThe look of disgust on Kurtley Beale’s face said it all. Beale was hooked in the 63rd minute of the Wallabies’ 26-21 loss to Ireland in the second Test in Melbourne o…

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Australia’s Michael Cheika wary of ‘best Ireland team in history’ before first Test

• ‘They believe they are coming here to win 3-0,’ says head coach• Cheika surprised Carbery picked over Sexton for Brisbane gameIreland caused shockwaves in 2011 by defeating Australia at the World Cup. Since triumphing in Sydney in 1979 they had won o…

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Tactical kicking back in fashion as Wallabies look for Test edge

Cheika has preferred ball in hand, but tactic changes are needed to keep up with IrelandIt is the tactic Michael Cheika once banned at the NSW Waratahs and has restricted at the Wallabies, but it may well be just the strategy Australia will need to suc…

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Cheika’s intent to resign begins race to replace Wallabies coach

Stephen Larkham once looked sure to succeed him, but he faces stiff competition in Dave WesselsMichael Cheika has always been a gypsy. That is why it was not surprising to see him flag his intention to resign as Wallabies coach if Australia does not wi…

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Eddie Jones’ marginal gains show value of keeping man in the middle on side | Andy Bull

England coach’s pre-match charm offensive towards referee Ben O’Keeffe looks a canny move after five tight decisions against Australia favour his sideAn hour after the match, Eddie Jones snapped. Four questions into his press conference, Jones was aske…

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Cheika’s referee rage a reputational and strategic risk for Wallabies

Australian rugby union has an image problem, and Cheika’s behaviour harms Wallabies’ World Cup 2019 chancesThe Wallabies are in danger of gaining a reputation as the ugly Australians. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s incandescent rage against the refer…

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Australia rue missed opportunity as Michael Hooper adds to his collection | Robert Kitson

Wallabies captain picked up record eighth yellow card of his Test career and had a try disallowed as tourists endured miserable day at the office against EnglandLast week’s abiding rugby image was of a smiling Kurtley Beale, clad only in his budgie smu…

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England were not lucky swears Eddie Jones but TMO baffles Michael Cheika

• We enjoyed bounce of ball but that had nothing to do with officials, says Jones• Australia head coach struggles to understand why some reviews lasted so longEddie Jones praised the television match official system after three calls went England’s way…

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Michael Cheika backed by Australian RU to remain coach for World Cup

• ARU chief Bill Pulver says Cheika still has his confidence
• ‘Michael Cheika is under no pressure. There’s no one better to do the job’

Michael Cheika has been backed by the Australian Rugby Union to remain as their coach until after the 2019 World Cup at least, despite leading the team to nine defeats this year.

Cheika signed a contract extension in May only months after his side made last year’s World Cup final against the All Blacks.

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