WARATAHS coach Michael Cheika has been confirmed as the new Wallabies head coach at a press conference in Sydney.
It’s not often you get your first taste of international rugby at age 47, but that will be the case for Michael Cheika. The dream he couldn’t achieve as a player has become a reality.
Cheika will also coach the Super Rugby champions next season while leading the Wallabies towards the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but will only be in both roles for one year. Cheika’s appointment comes less than four days after Ewen McKenzie announced the end of his tumultuous 15-month stint as coach in the wake of Australia’s last-minute 29-28 loss to New Zealand last weekend.
“I never imagined to be in this position,” said Cheika. “It’s a real honour.
It’s a passion for me, not really a job. I’m so lucky to have this opportunity. “We’ve got to do the best job we can … for the Australian rugby supporters. “I’ve got to be clear on how to get players reach their maximum potential.”
Cheika, the Australian-born son of migrants from Lebanon, has had a successful coaching career in Europe and in Australia. He guided the Waratahs to their first Super Rugby title this season.
A 33-man Wallabies squad for the tour was also named Wednesday, it contains nine Waratahs and nine ACT Brumbies players and includes three additions to the squad which recently assembled in Brisbane to prepare for the All Blacks Test with the return of injured duo Matt Toomua and Ben McCalman.
Kurtley Beale was not named in the touring party but Pulver left the door open for him to tour if he is cleared of misconduct on Friday.
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