Waratahs coach Cheika agrees to coach Wallabies

Super Rugby winning coach Michael Cheika has agreed to take charge of the Wallabies
after Ewen McKenzie resigned on Saturday.

McKenzie’s Wallabies lost 28-29 to New Zealand on Saturday and McKenzie announced
on Saturday that even before the Test he had decided to quit the job.

According to reports in Australia Cheika has agreed to lead the Wallabies on
their upcoming five Test end of year tour and is currently negotiating the details
for the longer term.

The Australian has reported that Cheika met Australian Rugby Union chief Bill
Pulver on Sunday and again Monday and “had agreed to take the Wallabies
job”.

The Australian rugby Union have not yet commented on who will coach the Wallabies
on their end of year tour but they have confirmed through their twitter account
that they are “investigating options to replace Ewen McKenzie”.

“The #ARU is still in the process of investigating options to replace
Ewen McKenzie, following his resignation last Saturday,” it said.

“At this stage, no prospective coaches have been confirmed in the role.
We hope to have a solution in place and announced before the team leaves for
the Spring Tour on Friday.”

Cheika has a proven track record as this year led the Waratahs to a Super Rugby
title this year and is also a Heineken Cup winning coach from his time with
Irish side Leinster.

On Saturday immediately after McKenzie resigned Pulver said that if they were
unable to sign up a new coach ahead of the upcoming tour they would appoint
an interim coach for the matches against the Barbarians, Wales, France, Ireland
and England.

Cheika has confirmed that he is in talks with the ARU about the position and
says that he believes a deal is close.

“There’s a few things to iron out obviously, the logistics etcetera. Everything
is so close,” Cheika told ABC.

“We’ll see how it goes and work it out from there.”

Cheika said that he was humbled to have been offered the position.

“Who wouldn’t be interested in coaching their country?” he said.

“It’s a pretty humbling experience to be asked to be involved in something
like that, but we’ll see what happens.”

Former Springbok coach Jake White and Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham have also
been linked to the role.

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