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Incredibly Frustrated Michael Cheika Didn’t Hide His Feelings After Loss

Sean McMahon reporting Tokyo Stadium Well, that was certainly entertaining, wasn’t it?  Drop goals, offloads, high tackles, yellow cards, interceptions, length of field tries – the Pool D clash between Australia and Wales certainly packed a punch. Wales ultimately came out on the right end of a 29-25 scoreline after Australia mounted a comeback in the second half when they …

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Cheika Disappointed In Fijians Following Reece Hodge Citing

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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has said that the manner in which Fiji cited Reece Hodge following their clash at the weekend was not “in the spirit of the game”. The Australian winger has been cited for “an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) in the 25th minute of Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D …

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Pocock To Captain Australia On Test Return Against Samoa

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Australia legend David Pocock will make his first Test appearance in almost a year when he captains his side in their final World Cup warm-up game against Samoa this weekend. The 31-year-old hasn’t featured on the international scene since last November after suffering a series of calf, neck and concussion issues which limited him to only three rugby games this …

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Former Ulster Out-Half Named In Wallabies Side For First Time Since 2016

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Ex-Ulster player, Christian Lealiifano, has been named in the Wallabies side for the first time since 2016. Lealiifano’s last appearance for Australia came in the 2016 Rugby Championships, however, he was diagnosed with leukaemia weeks later which forced him into an extended break from rugby. Amazingly, Lealiifano returned to Super Rugby action with the Brumbies just 11 months after being …

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Folau Reportedly Rejects $1 Million Settlement As Hearing Continues

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Israel Folau rejected a $1 million offer to from Rugby Australia to walk away from his contract prior to the beginning of his code of conduct hearing according to local media reports. The hearing continued today after eight hours of evidence on Saturday during which Folau, Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle, and head coach Michael Cheika all spoke, but …

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Cheika Gives Evidence At Folau Code Of Conduct Hearing

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Australian head coach, Michael Cheika, appeared at a code of conduct hearing on Saturday which was requested by Israel Folau following the termination of his multi-million dollar contract with Rugby Australia. Cheika gave evidence during the eight-hour hearing which will continue on Sunday after it failed to reach a conclusion. Folau’s contract was terminated last month for a “high-level” breach …

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Michael Cheika Rues “Disrespectful” Folau As Sacking Looms

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Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments look to have ruled him out of selection ahead of the Rugby World Cup according to Wallabies head coach, Michael Cheika. Last week, Folau posted a message to Instagram stating that “Hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators. As Folau’s future with Australia hangs in the balance, Cheika criticised the 30-year-old following …

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Eddie Jones: Lions Head Coach Is An “Ambassador Job”

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Eddie Jones has dismissed the role of head coach of the British & Irish Lions as an “ambassador job” in a subtle dig at Warren Gatland. Speaking to the Brisbane Courier Mail, the England head coach also refused to rule out the possibility of succeeding Michael Cheika as the Australian boss. Current Wales head coach, Warren Gatland, has guided the …

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Wallabies Sack Attack Coach With World Cup On The Horizon

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Stephen Larkham has been removed from his position of Wallabies attack coach and will now take up a new job as a national high-performance coach advisor.  According to reports, tensions have been simmering between head coach Michael Cheika and Larkham with the latter understood not to have been able to implement his strategies on the team as the Wallabies averaged …

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Cheika Survives Axe But Must Work Under New Director Of Rugby

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Under-siege Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has survived the axe but will have to report to Scott Johnson who was Monday recruited from Scotland to assume the new role of director of rugby. Governing body Rugby Australia also announced that Cheika must work with a three-man selection panel — himself, Johnson and an independent — in an overhaul to halt the …

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Michael Cheika Survives Axe But Has Powers Significantly Reduced

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Michael Cheika will survive the axe as Wallabies coach but his powers will be curtailed with Scotland-based Scott Johnson appointed the director of rugby above him, a report said Friday. Cheika has faced a mounting backlash from dismayed fans and former players after winning just four of Australia’s 13 Tests this year. Despite the dire results and a slide to …

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Michael Cheika ‘Has To Go’ According To Wallabies Legend

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Wallabies legend Matt Burke has urged Rugby Australia to axe Michael Cheika along with his coaching staff after a review was announced into their positions less than a year before the World Cup. The two-time world champions have won just four Tests this year and slipped to sixth in the world rankings, heaping pressure on Cheika as a sense of …

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Michael Cheika’s Future To Be Decided By Christmas

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Rugby Australia will decide the fate of under-fire Michael Cheika and his coaching staff “ahead of Christmas”, chairman Cameron Clyne said Monday after an end-of-season review, following a disappointing year for the team. Cheika has been under growing pressure after a poor season, with recent losses to England and Wales, and an uninspiring win over Italy. In a brief statement …

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Michael Cheika Defiant Despite Upheaval In Wallabies Camp

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Australia coach Michael Cheika insisted the Wallabies were fully committed to the cause after his extraordinary revelation on the eve of their 2018 finale against England that two veteran backs had been dropped for inviting women into their hotel room. The breach of team discipline involving Adam Ashley-Cooper and Kurtley Beale occurred after Australia’s 9-6 defeat by Wales in Cardiff …

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Kurtley Beale And Adam Ashley-Cooper Dropped After Breaking Team Rules

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Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper have been dropped from the Wallabies squad ahead of their final Test match against England at Twickenham this Saturday.  It is alleged that both Beale and Ashley-Cooper brought women back to the team hotel after Australia’s 9-6 loss to Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff two week’s ago. According to a report in Australia’s …

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