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Cheika named Australia head coach
22 Oct 2014 16:04
Michael Cheika has been appointed as the new Australia head coach.
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The Australian Rugby Union announced a three-year contract for the former Leinster and Stade Francais boss, whose appointment follows Ewen McKenzie's resignation last weekend.
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Cheika, 47, will be in charge for the Wallabies' European tour, which starts against the Barbarians at Twickenham on 1 November and is followed by Test matches against Wales, France, Ireland and England.
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Cheika, who will also remain as New South Wales Waratahs head coach until the end of this year, had been a hot favourite to fill the role vacated by McKenzie.
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McKenzie's final game in charge was a 29-28 defeat against world champions New Zealand in Sydney last Saturday.
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ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said: "Central to our decision was selecting a world-class coach who can lead us to victory in next year's Rugby World Cup, and a person who represents rugby's core values.
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"Michael fulfils these requirements. He is also extremely passionate and has a strong track record of motivating teams to win through plenty of hard work.
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"I am confident he will embrace this new challenge, and on behalf of the Australian rugby community I would like to congratulate him on his appointment."
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Cheika added: "I never imagined I would be in the position of coaching our national team, and I feel extremely honoured to have this opportunity.
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"My mission will be to do the best possible job I can and to motivate the people around me to ensure they are able to represent Australia to the best of their ability.
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"I feel the key to any future success will be to ensure we have a strong identity and not letting anything get in the way of our preparation to succeed on the world stage."
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