New Aussie coach Michael Cheika (right) and ARU CEO BIll Pulver. Photo: Planet Rugby
Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been named as the new head coach of the Wallabies by the Australian Rugby Union on a three-year contract, effective immediately.
Cheika’s appointment follows Ewen McKenzie’s resignation after Australia’s 29-28 loss to New Zealand in Brisbane on Saturday.
Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made resignation announcement after 28-29 loss to New Zealand. Photo: Planet Rugby
Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie announced his resignation at the post-match press conference following Saturday’s 29-28 loss to New Zealand.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver paid tribute to McKenzie who has led Australia in 22 Tests since starting in the role in August 2013.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver backs McKenzie all the way. Photo: Planet Rugby
Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chief executive Bill Pulver has stated that head coach Ewen McKenzie will lead the squad into next year’s World Cup.
The Wallabies have been under the spotlight after losing to Argentina came in the midst of their team business manager Di Patston resigning following a dispute with Kurtley Beale en route to South America. It since emerged that offensive text messages had earlier been sent by Beale.
Kurtley Beale prepares for the rainy first Test against the All Blacks on August 16, 2014. Photo: LookPro
The resignation of Di Patston as the business manager of the Wallabies has escalated a in-house difficulty facing the Wallabies into the most serious crisis confronting the ARU since the introduction of professional rugby.
The alleged text message Kurtley Beale sent to teammates (and inadvertently to Patston) in June denigrated Patston in a way that absolutely requires a full inquiry, which the ARU has instigated.
Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper looks dejected after the clash against the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Skysports
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie is optimistic about his team’s chances of winning at Eden Park for the first time since 1986 in next weekend’s rematch with the All Blacks.
The Wallabies’ task of retrieving the Bledisloe Cup has become even tougher after drawing their opening match with the All Blacks in Sydney.
Kurtley Beale will be the Wallabies pivot against the All Blacks on Saturday. Photo: SMH
Kurtley Beale will wear the Wallabies No.10 jersey for the first time since 2012 in an overhauled Australian back line to play the All Blacks on Saturday.
In a stunning move, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has backed the 42-Test playmaker, whom he first selected at five-eighth as a teenager in the Waratahs, to lead Australia around the park at ANZ Stadium in the opening Test of the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series.
In-form Test incumbent Bernard Foley will move to the bench, an unlucky casualty of his NSW teammate’s outstanding form in Super Rugby and off the bench for the Wallabies this year.
McKenzie is better prepared for the challenge against the All Blacks. Photo: Skysports
After a year as Australia coach Ewen McKenzie believes his side will be much better prepared for their Bledisloe Cup opener next weekend.
The former Reds boss replaced Robbie Deans after the Lions series defeat last July, and faced consecutive games with the All Blacks to begin his reign.
The Wallabies lost both matches, as well as a third clash with New Zealand later in the year, but they will have the chance to put that right in their opening two fixtures of the Rugby Championship.