National job added to Cheika’s burden

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby, Wallabies on 22 Oct 2014 at 10:02
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You can’t really accuse the Australian Rugby Union of expanding their coaching base to any great degree, in the wake of this morning’s announcement that Michael Cheika will take on the Wallaby job so hastily vacated by Link McKenzie this week.

McKenzie predictably fell on his sword after the latest unsavoury player indiscipline affair – this time involving Waratah darling Kurtley Beale – and while Tahs coach Cheika appeared to spill the beans a day or so ahead of the official announcement, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Super Rugby-winning coach would get the nod. After all, the Wallabies are embarking on their end of season tour in just a few days’ time and they’d thus need to get a guy in who can hit the ground running and has an existing working relationship with at least some of the players.

The thing that is rather alarming, though, is that Cheika will apparently not be replaced as head coach of the Waratahs, meaning he’ll spend next year (a World Cup year, lest we forget) trying to juggle two rather cumbersome loads. No coach in the professional era has ever even attempted to simultaneously coach both an international and a Super Rugby side: the only people licking their lips at this prospect, I’m sure, would be opposition coaches who will look to exploit the inevitable lack of focus and preparation bound to affect both of Cheika’s teams as the coach spreads himself too thinly.


  • can only work out for us :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.10.14 10:32:43 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : then again, we poke fun at the Tahs while we don’t have a Super Rugby coach

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.10.14 10:47:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : yet 😛 i think it will do us some good to look for a proper coach and some new players maybe that bothma? guy from the pumas

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.10.14 10:57:52 by Poisy Reply
  • I don’t rate Ewen McKenzie.

    Cheika, like Deans did, will let the players get up to all kinds of nonsense.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.10.14 11:22:36 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 4) : I, for one, am very happy with the Wallabies having a coach I don’t rate.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.10.14 11:34:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Eish Jake hows Tonga? hehe I for one will never write off the Wallabies. They always have some drama but can turn it on when least expected.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.10.14 12:18:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • Heyneke can come anc coach us and the Boks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.10.14 14:14:56 by ChrisS Reply
  • Hope ARU has got a budget plan for broken windows and desks. 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.10.14 14:21:20 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Aussies need to reign in their bad boys. They may be talented but they’re acting out as though they’re bigger than the team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.10.14 17:38:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • If I were him, I’ll broker a SR “truce” with the other 4 AUS coaches. Lay all cards and plans on the table and ask for cooperation. Inter conference games to become trail matches, where all play the same tactics so that talent may be evaluated. Cross conference matches for testing tactics.

    With weekly conference calls and updates he’ll have around 40 real world games to test his plans, whilst the other international coaches busy themselves with hypothetical scenarios.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.10.14 03:49:27 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Well super rugby 2015 doesn’t overlap with any internationals given that its a rugby World Cup year. So he can theoretically coach teo teams. Besides that the Sharks are gonna knock the Waratahs out in the playoffs anyway, so there’s an extra couple weeks for Cheika

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.10.14 04:35:10 by RuckingFun Reply

  • I personally think Cheika will be good for the Wallabies, hes not someone to take any shit from the players (Kurtley,James,Quade etc) and seems to get the best out of players, like he did at the waratahs

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.10.14 04:38:40 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Ja but it’s always lekker to poke fun at the Ozzies!!!!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.10.14 07:42:09 by JD Reply
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