Write an Article

Cheika to coach Waratahs rugby team

f

SYDNEY (AFP) –

Michael Cheika

Former Leinster coach Michael Cheika, seen here in 2011, was named as the man to resurrect struggling Super 15 club New South Wales Waratahs after they finished the season in 11th position.

Former Leinster coach Michael Cheika was Tuesday named as the man to resurrect struggling Super 15 club New South Wales Waratahs after they finished the season in 11th position.

Cheika said he was eager to turn around the fortunes of the club that lost their last eight games of the season and which former coach Michael Foley left at season’s end to join embattled Western Force.

“The opportunity to coach the Super Rugby team of my home state and the responsibility to make all our supporters and all people from NSW proud of their team is one that motivates me immensely,” he said.

“I am really looking forward to being part of this new era in NSW rugby.”

Waratahs chairman Roger Davis said the choice of the 45-year-old Australian as “an agent of change” was unanimous and Cheika said he wanted to inject more creativity into the attack.

“My heritage comes from playing attacking rugby and that’s something that I want to do (at the Waratahs) and I don’t think you can win big games without scoring tries,” Cheika said.

Cheika ended his playing career with Randwick in 1999 and moved into coaching, taking his first position as head coach of Italian side Petrarca Rugby.

On his return to Australia he guided Randwick to first and second grade Premiership titles in 2004 before moving overseas again to steer Leinster to Celtic League success in 2008 and a Heineken Cup title in 2009.

Until June he was director of rugby with Stade Francais in France.

Cheika ruled out a return of former Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom, who was named captain of the side at the start of the season but was able to play only two games before injury struck and he was released to seek other contracts.

Cheika holds Elsom in high regard after his contribution to the Leinster side, but said the flanker would not be added to his playing roster.

“I met with Rocky the other day in Europe. I had dinner with him and his family,” Cheika told reporters.

“I think his priority is getting himself fit and healthy so he can get back to the performance levels that he had a few years back.”


Latest
Bengal cricket body gives lifetime achievement award to Gopal Bose
Maharashtra Boys shine in the Indian U18 Team that will represent India at International School Rugby Champonship in Hong Kong For the first time ever; 7 boys from rural parts of the state make it to the Asian School Rugby Sevens Championship under the aegis of SGFI
Eight-try Lions roar past Kings
17-year-old Rugby player dies after in-game collision in Bihar The incident happened during the State Junior Rugby Football Championships of Bihar.
Jones defends England aggression after Cheika's 'niggle' swipe
Wales coach Gatland makes just two changes for second NZ test
Wing Savea dropped by All Blacks for Wales test
Ireland coach Schmidt fears potential backlash from Boks
Ireland flanker Stander banned for one game after red card
More Irish innovation needed in testing Boks tussle
Jones to reach Wales century against All Blacks
SAI signs MOU with National Institute of Yoga
6 reasons to watch rugby league Here's six reasons why you should give the great game of rugby league a watch.
Marler gets two-game ban, fine for 'gypsy boy' comment
I'm not a racist, says England prop Marler
Names of suspended Russian players revealed by World Rugby governing body Alena Mikhaltsov and her husband Alexey play for Yenisei-STM club based in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk
Rugby rules for dummies: How is scoring done? A guide on scoring in rugby.
Asian Development 7s Rugby: Indian Women's team win bronze;Chinese Taipei take home Gold A round-up of the Asia Development 7s that concluded on Sunday.
Stade de France reopens for first time since Paris attacks The Stade de France shut down after the Paris attacks on November 13 last year
Australian Rugby star Mitchell Pearce suspended for lewd, drunken acts National Rugby League club Sydney Rooster's captain, Pearce, has been suspended for his alcohol-fuelled misbehaviour on Australia Day.
More →
Related articles