Posts Tagged "Michael Cheika"

So for the first time in eight test matches the Wallabies got one back against the All Black:s in Brisbane on Saturday night. It wasn’t always pretty, it wasn’t ‘a test match played in heaven’, but by God it was still a bloody good time.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has flagged a move away from fullback for Israel Folau in his last match of 2017 against the Barbarians.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika puts head-to-pillow at the Sofitel on Friday night, several hours after he has held his final press conference before the third Bledisloe instalment at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

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I hope so but some comments from Michael Cheika this week worry me.

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The key to rugby success? It’s as simple as running up hills, apparently.

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There has been much written about the improvements within the Wallabies over the past couple of months. Despite only two wins in the Rugby Championship and the terrible showing from their Super Rugby teams, the recent performances do hint that things are on the right path.

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The Wallabies capped off their Rugby Championship campaign with a 37-20 win over the Pumas in Mendoza. It was scrappy throughout, but enough to sneak into second spot with an extra bonus point, just ahead of the Springboks.

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The Wallabies’ fixture against the Barbarians gives Michael Cheika two options: accept that mistakes have been made and try and strengthen his team, or continue his inept, stubborn selection making.

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When the Barbarians take on the Wallabies at Allianz on October 28, rival coaches Alan Jones and Michael Cheika will bring together two of the most competitive people on the planet.

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The terms skill and talent are often confused. The former implies hard work and many hours of practice and the latter an innate ability to do something.

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After the Wallabies vomit-inducing display during the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney, it looked like only one Tom Petty song would sum up their 2017 – Free Fallin’.

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Why did Michael Cheika lose his cool at the media conference after the Wallabies pulled off a 27–27 draw against the Springboks at Bloemfontein by claiming that Israel Folau did not pull Dillyn Leyds to the ground by his hair?

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When the Springboks arrived in Australia recently the Wallabies and Boks had met 83 times for just a solitary draw.

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Michael Cheika was sure they didn’t when he was interviewed early in the second half of the recent Test in Canberra against Argentina.

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Let me attempt to draw some kind of parallel between Donald Trump’s diplomacy at the UN and Jordan Uelese’s Wallabies future.

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On very few occasions since Stephen Larkham’s retirement after the 2007 Rugby World Cup has the Wallaby backline looked fluid and professional in both attack and defence. Since 2007 Australia has been searching for a world class flyhalf to take Larkham’s place.

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There’s been one theme right through Michael Cheika’s rugby and business life – my way or the highway.

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At half-time in the Australia 45–Argentina 20 Test at Canberra, my guess is that every rugby writer covering the game was preparing, mentally at least, to start raising the issue of whether Michael Cheika should take the Wallabies through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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The Wallabies have broken their win-less drought, if you can call a three-game streak – including two against the All Blacks – a drought, with a 25-point win over the Pumas in Canberra.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has defended the rights of his star fullback Israel Folau to speak out against same-sex marriage, saying the team respects each other’s right to an opinion.

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