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Category: Michael Cheika

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Rugby World Cup’s Battle of the Big Mouths: Eddie Jones v Michael Cheika | Simon Burnton

The England and Australia coaches used to be teammates – these days they seem to enjoy winding each other upOver the past four years, and particularly since England’s tour of Australia in the summer of 2016, Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika have repeated…

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Rugby World Cup: Cheika says Australia must improve discipline after 45-10 win – video

Australia head coach Michael Cheika says the Wallabies had an issue with discipline following their 45-10 World Cup victory against Uruguay on Saturday. Both Adam Coleman and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto were sin-binned for high tackles in the first half …

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Rugby World Cup refereeing confusion is hindering drive to grow game | Andy Bull

Mixed messages from officials and disciplinary panels suggests a breakdown in communication as the sport tries to evolveThere is a plaque on the wall at Rugby School, commemorating the exploits of William Webb Ellis, who “with a fine disregard for the …

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Michael Cheika embarrassed at tackle confusion in Australia’s loss to Wales

• Cheika: ‘I am not sure I know the rules anymore’• Australia beaten 29-25 in World Cup pool gameMichael Cheika said that as a former player he was “embarrassed” at the confusion the crackdown on high tackles is causing in the World Cup after another m…

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Fiji head coach hits back at Australia outcry over Reece Hodge referral

• Cheika labelled Fiji referral as not ‘in spirit of the game’ • Hodge faces hearing on Wednesday over tackle on YatoThe Fiji head coach, John McKee, has hit back at his Wallabies counterpart after Michael Cheika said Fiji’s referral of winger Reece Ho…

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Tale as old as time as Wallabies woes continue

New strategy, new selections, same result. Despite a new attacking strategy, Australia is still on shaky ground as the Rugby World Cup approachesEverything was different, yet oh so familiar, in the Wallabies’ frustrating 35-17 loss to the South African…

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Tale as old as time as Wallabies woes continue

New strategy, new selections, same result. Despite a new attacking strategy, Australia is still on shaky ground as the Rugby World Cup approachesEverything was different, yet oh so familiar, in the Wallabies’ frustrating 35-17 loss to the South African…

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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…