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Larkham and Cheika nearing Wallabies deal

Roar Guru
9th February, 2015
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Stephen Larkham says he is getting close to finalising a deal with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on becoming the national side’s attack coach.

Negotiations between the head coaches of Australia’s top two Super Rugby teams have dragged since the possible dream team pairing was first floated in October.

The one stipulation for Larkham has always been ensuring that his role with the Wallabies won’t adversely affect the Brumbies.

With the Super Rugby final on July 4, Larkham would have just an 11-week window to get his structures firing before the Wallabies’ first World Cup pool game on September 23 against Fiji in Cardiff.

Larkham says there isn’t any other real “sticking points” to address, just that both he and Cheika have been extremely busy preparing the Brumbies and Waratahs for this weekend’s Super Rugby season openers.

“I need to make sure the Brumbies’ program doesn’t suffer – Michael is across that, and he is fully aware of those stipulations,” Larkham said.

“We’re coming to some sort of an agreement soon.

“It’s just a matter of getting around to it.

“Obviously Michael is very busy with his Waratahs appointment, so he’s got to find time outside of that to do Wallabies stuff.

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“So I guess you’ve got to expect things to run fairly slowly in that respect.”