Category: Michael Cheika

Rugby Australia is turning into Fort Freefall

There’s one burning question from the rugby faithful which I keep answering: “Who is Rugby AU chairman Cameron Clyne?” Clyne was a genuine and highly-respected heavyweight in the banking industry before he retired, but he’s a proven paperweight as a rugby administrator. The axing of the Western Force from Super Rugby and the ongoing farce […]

Why the Wallabies’ Plan A isn’t working

“He’s got a plan, we’re across that plan, we’re comfortable with it,” said Rugby Australia chief executive Raylene Castle on Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in August. Okay, then – what is it? Cheika’s Wallabies generally try to use a 1-3-3-1 pod tactic, quite similar to the All Blacks and the Springboks. The idea, eloquently explained […]

With pride on the line, the Wallabies must be ‘no frills’ in Salta

When Michael Cheika took over the Wallabies in 2014 he was keen to emphasise that he wanted to give Australia a team to be proud of. As quickly as the Wallabies charged into the World Cup final the following year at Twickenham, Cheika said pride wasn’t enough – and of course, he wanted to knock […]