Posts Tagged "Michael Cheika"

In the 1991 Rugby World Cup the Wallabies defeated the All Blacks in the semi-final and kept England tryless in the final. They had only three tries scored against them in the entire tournament.

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They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Here’s another, rather more contemporary rugby truth: David Pocock will be welcomed back to Australia with open arms in 2018.

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If there is a signature characteristic of the Wallabies that has developed since the 2015 World Cup, it is the variety of attacking moves off the lineout that we see them converting into tries.

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Now that the dust has settled on the Wallabies’ trip to the UK, it is surely time for Michael Cheika and his backline coach, Stephen Larkham, to face and address a glaring problem.

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It has been widely reported by the world’s rugby media that Michael Cheika muttered some dodgy words under his breath while in the stands during Australia’s last match against England at Twickenham.

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It was one match too many probably for the Wallabies in 2017, but the interesting thing in Test rugby is the closeness of standards of the teams in the top 10.

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June 25, 2016, is a date that may return to haunt Michael Cheika. On that day, Australia were playing the third Test of their series against England in Sydney.

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I’ve often thought that the way Ireland structured themselves for the professional game was the model Australian rugby should be looking at.

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Michael Cheika will face no disciplinary action for his “f***ing cheats” comment during the English Test.

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One red card, three yellows and a Disciplinary Review of Michael Cheika’s off-field behaviour. All in 160 minutes of rugby.

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We would all do well to remember that Michael Cheika was approached by Rugby AU and not the other way around.

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Michael Cheika is an emotiveĀ coach at the best of times, so the weekend’s loss to England was going to draw a response worthy of the highlights reels.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland says he has no problem with All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen but reinforced the resentment at his treatment in New Zealand during this year’s British and Irish Lions tour.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has reacted furiously to accusations he called the referee a cheat after a dispiriting 30-6 Test defeat to England at Twickenham.

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A Wallabies Test win over England at Twickenham this weekend would be the only way to top Kurtley Beale’s beer-and-budgie-smugglers pic with Prince William.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has resisted the temptation to start Karmichael Hunt in Saturday’s Twickenham Test against England.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is keeping Eddie Jones second guessing as he mulls over the selection of his all-important midfield to face England on Saturday.

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The Wallabies proved conclusively on the weekend they won’t win games of any importance unless Will Genia is on duty.

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The Wallabies have named a full-strength side to take on Wales this weekend, with a number of big names returning from injury and illness.

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Surely the biggest lesson learnt by the Wallabies from the debacle of Bledisloe 1 this year was that simplicity is supreme.

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