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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.


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