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Cheika Under Pressure

Cheika Under Pressure

Australia coach Michael Cheika could be facing the axe with former Wallabies stars calling for a change at the top. Cheika’s men have been on an alarming run of form when losing nine of 13 Tests, including the defeat to England at the weekend, which has seen them slump to sixth in the world.


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That is just not good enough according to former hooker Brendan Cannon, who says something needs to be done by Rugby Australia with the World Cup fast approaching.


“They can’t sit back and let this decline continue without someone deciding to take the bull by the horns, say this is unacceptable and we need to do something to turn it around,” he said. “Whatever that is – changing the coach, appointing a former Wallaby as a chairman of selectors on a panel, appointing new assistants – take a bit from each of the successful teams in the world and implement that.


“For a period of time we were the world leaders in rugby – three years ago we played in a World Cup final – but our decline has been so rapid, so quick and so sad.”


Even former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer, a close ally of Cheika’s, said it was time for him to draw a line in the sand. “When the chips are down the leader has to step up,” Dwyer said. “It requires some sound judgment and it definitely requires ‘Cheik’ to show what he’s got.


He’s got plenty of ticker and he needs to show it, stand up and say this is what we’re going to do and this is how we’re going to get there.”

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