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11:11  22 october  2019
11:11  22 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Michael Cheika says the Wallabies’ next coach should ‘‘definitely’’ be Australian.

Cheika returned to Sydney on Tuesday still disappointed by the Wallabies’ quarter-final exit from the Rugby World Cup, but with no regrets about standing down after five years at the helm.

Cheika went on record months ago saying he would not seek a reappointment if he couldn’t take the Wallabies one step further than their runner-up showing at the 2015 edition in England.

‘‘We came second last time, right, and I figure [after] four years you’ve got to come first next time,’’ he said at Sydney Airport.

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Michael Cheika has confirmed he won’t seek reappointment as Wallabies coach after Australia ’s quarter-final exit at the Rugby World Cup.

Michael Cheika has quit as Wallabies head coach after the team’s devastating loss to England in the Rugby World Cup quarter finals on Saturday night. Castle said before the World Cup that nothing less than victory would be deemed to be a successful campaign for the Wallabies .

‘‘The way I see it, if you want to improve, you’ve got to call it and you’ve got to stay with your call. You can’t call it and then change your mind afterwards because that’s genuinely what we wanted to do: was to go there and win.’’

Dave Rennie, Dan McKellar, Jamie Joseph, Eddie Jones are posing for a picture: Wallabies head coach candidates: (Clockwise from left) Dave Rennie, Jamie Joseph, Eddie Jones, Dan McKellar and Scott Wisemantel.© AP/AAP/Getty Wallabies head coach candidates: (Clockwise from left) Dave Rennie, Jamie Joseph, Eddie Jones, Dan McKellar and Scott Wisemantel.

New Zealand pair Dave Rennie and Jamie Joseph are considered the two frontrunners to fill the hot seat vacated by Cheika, but the outgoing coach would prefer a home-grown replacement.

‘‘I think definitely we should be pushing for an Australian coach,’’ Cheika said. ‘‘It’s not up to me but I think we should be backing and supporting Australian coaches wherever possible.’’

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Cheika was named International Coach of the Year and Rugby Australia extended his contract from 2017 to the 2019 World Cup in Japan. The Wallabies ’ record of four wins from 13 Tests in 2018 was their worst performance since 1958, prompting speculation that Cheika would be sacked.

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As admirable as that notion may be, Australian coaches with the credentials to take charge of the Wallabies are thin on the ground.

Eddie Jones is contracted to England for two more years, while the Brumbies’ Dan McKellar probably needs more time to develop at Super Rugby level.

Ireland-based former World Cup winner Stephen Larkham, who Cheika effectively had removed as Wallabies attack coach after a diabolical 2018 season, looms as the most likely Australian candidate.

‘‘I’ve had Bernie [Larkham] at the Brumbies. Enjoyed my time there,’’ retiring Wallabies breakaway David Pocock said on Tuesday when asked about Larkham’s qualifications.

‘‘My understanding is he’s pretty well locked in overseas [with Munster]. All those things are above our pay grade. That’s for the people at the top to be deciding and setting the agenda.’’

Cheika said on Sunday he barely had a relationship with Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle, but declined to add fuel to the fire when asked if she should fall on her sword.

Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones said Castle and the entire board must go as calls grow for an overhaul at the top of Australian rugby after a disastrous couple of years for the code.

‘‘It’s an irrelevant issue, honestly,’’ said Cheika, insisting the fractured relationship with Castle and chairman Cameron Clyne could not be blamed for Australia’s worst World Cup campaign.

‘‘It’s for other people to decide all that. My job’s with the team. That’s where it’s got [to be]. No excuses. No nothing. That’s the way I’ve always operated and that’s the way I’ll continue to operate.’’

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