Posts Tagged "Michael Cheika"

With the June Tests coming up sooner than we realise, and the World Cup just around the corner next year, here are five questsions Rugby Australia should be asking Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika expects Six Nations grand slam champions Ireland to bring their strongest possible squad for the June series in Australia and isn’t surprised by their rise up the world rankings.

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The golden rule for selecting Test squads that will win rugby tournaments, especially the Rugby World Cup tournament, is to always put some growth into them.

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On the same day that Rod Kafer excitedly described the new and improved collaboration between Super Rugby coaches and the Wallabies staff already this year, Samu Kerevi was named in a new position for Queensland.

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Australia face a double-or-nothing deal at next year’s Rugby World Cup: win it or return without a coach.

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When asked about what his greatest personal achievement in coaching was, Sir Graham Henry said it lay in abandoning his autocratic style in favour of something more democratic – what is now termed ‘consensus coaching’ between coaches and players.

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The Wallabies brains trust have publicly refused to adopt the 2-4-2 attacking structure that has been so successfully used by the All Blacks and have instead conjured up the ‘Australian way’, which is basically the 1-3-3-1 attacking structure. But is this really the Australian way?

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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 emotive 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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