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Sport Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle defends relationship with departing Wallabies coach Michael Cheika amid World Cup fallout

07:15  22 october  2019
07:15  22 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle with retiring Wallabies flanker David Pocock. Michael Cheika embraces Wallabies captain Michael Hooper after the World Cup exit. She defended the retention of Cheika following a widespread review last December, saying the information gathered

Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle with retiring Wallabies flanker David Pocock. Michael Cheika embraces Wallabies captain Michael Hooper after the World Cup exit. She defended the retention of Cheika following a widespread review last December, saying the information gathered

Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle has expressed surprise over Michael Cheika's statement there was "no relationship" between the pair.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Raelene Castle Chief Exectuive of Rugby Australia speaks during the Australian Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad announcement at Hangar 96 on August 23, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)© 2019 Getty Images SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Raelene Castle Chief Exectuive of Rugby Australia speaks during the Australian Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad announcement at Hangar 96 on August 23, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images) After Saturday's devastating Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat against England, Cheika announced he would step down at the end of the year.

The outgoing coach let fly with come choice statements about Scott Johnson's appointment to a director of rugby role in December last year, saying it disrupted his preparation.

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However, Castle stood by her decision to implement the coaching change less than 12 months out from the World Cup.

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Quarter Final - England v Australia - Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan - October 19, 2019 Australia head coach Michael Cheika during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Peter Cziborra© Reuters Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Quarter Final - England v Australia - Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan - October 19, 2019 Australia head coach Michael Cheika during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Peter Cziborra Speaking on Fox Sports, Castle said although she was aware of Cheika's dissatisfaction with the new coaching set-up, his comments about their relationship were still a surprise.

"Yeah, I think they surprised me," Castle said of Cheika's statement.

"At the end of the day, the CEO-coach relationships are never straightforward.

"Having gone through a number of them myself, you understand the ups and downs."

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Castle did admit the relationship was strained — and had been since Rugby Australia implemented the new coaching structure after a catastrophic 2018 international season.

That year, the Wallabies won just four of their 13 Test matches — the worst season in terms of results since 1958.

That record saw Cheika's job under threat, but instead of handing the former Randwick number eight his marching orders, Rugby Australia instead appointed Johnson as a director of rugby, with part of his remit to oversee the Wallabies set-up.

Cheika was scathing about the changes, saying he felt stifled and unable to take full responsibility in his role.

"Scott's a lovely bloke … but I'm not really into that type of thing," Cheika told Fox Sports.

"I like to take responsibility.

"It's tough because you're sort of betwixt and between, you so want to be a part of it and then sometimes it can't always be how you wanted, but that's the way the role's set up and I know my place within that structure.

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"So you either follow it, which I've tried to do over this last 12 months, or you make the choice not to be in it."

Despite acknowledging the coaching structure changes were unsettling for the incumbent head coach, Castle said a poor run of results meant that change had to be made.

"If you look at the results we'd had previous to that, there was a situation where a 50 per cent win rate for the Wallabies was not acceptable," she said.

"We had to have a look and see what it is that we could do."

Cheika led the Wallabies to a miraculous World Cup final appearance in 2015 just one year after taking the job, but results tailed off from that high to 2018's nadir.

Castle stuck to her guns, saying Cheika had the full support of the board heading into the tournament in Japan.

"We put some changes in place [that] Michael expressed he was not 100 per cent comfortable with," she said.

"But, at the end of the day, what I can tell you is the board continued to support Michael and gave him all the support he needed going into this World Cup.

"[The changes] probably wasn't the ideal scenario but those changes were important to make sure we had stability in rugby [in] Australia going forward."

Castle said Rugby Australia would take its time over selecting its new coach, with Johnson to lead a review into the failings that led to the Wallabies dropping to seventh in the World Rugby rankings, below Japan.

"We wanted to make sure that we had time, that we could go through a process," Castle said.

"The changes that we made were about setting us up for the longer term and now we have an opportunity with Michael not being reappointed to go through a process of appointment.

"We'd appointed two previous Wallabies coaches in a crisis situation. That's not an ideal way to appoint two coaches."

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