Optimistic coach Michael Cheika . . . ready for another mountain. Photo: News Limited
Michael Cheika will embrace the Wallabies coaching challenge in the same cavalier fashion that led the NSW Waratahs to long-awaited Super Rugby glory in 2014.
After a whirlwind pursuit by the ARU, Cheika was formally ushered in as Ewen McKenzie’s replacement on Wednesday and said he had no hesitation accepting the daunting role despite the last two coaches’ reigns ending in despair.
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.
Is Folau a modern version of David Campese? Photo: AAP
The Rugby World Cup is only a year away. While all the talk is now on the Bledisloe Cup, should the Aussies be thinking about an even bigger prize?
Currently, there is a rampant All Blacks team well entrenched at the top of the heap, with some of the game’s best players across their squad. However, are they better than four years ago?
Their current team, and their World Cup planning for 2015, contains many of the same faces: Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Corey Flynn, the Franks brothers, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Ma’a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Dagg and Corey Jane.
The moment: Bernard Foley puts boot to ball in the hope of winning the title. Photo: Getty Images
When the Waratahs were awarded a penalty inside the last minute of Saturday’s night Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium, NSW five-eighth Bernard Foley didn’t flinch.
He immediately stepped up to take the kick – even though from 43-metre the attempt might be slightly out of his range.
With the score at 32-30 in the Crusaders’ favour, he knew the game hung in the balance and only he could save the day.
Agony: An injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau could cause maximum pain for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images
The Wallabies’ plans for a Bledisloe Cup upset have taken a body blow with a major cloud over Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.
Polota-Nau will have scans on Monday on a suspected medial ligament injury to his right knee incurred in the Waratahs’ triumphant 33-32 title win over the Crusaders on Saturday night.
It happened just after half-time, when the 49-Test rake tackled Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett in the 42nd minute.
Tahs’ celebrate Adam Ashley-Cooper’s (getting off the deck) try. Photo: Skysports
A last-minute penalty from Bernard Foley saw the Waratahs win the 2014 Super Rugby title, prevailing 33-32 against the Crusaders on Saturday.
Foley was the hero for the Sydney side as his 45 metre strike – following Crusaders flanker Richie McCaw having been caught offside at ruck time – secured the ‘Tahs a first competition triumph.
It was deserved as the regular-season winners held off a spirited Crusaders fightback in the second-half after leading handsomely early on.