Cheika’s talk key for staff

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MICHAEL Cheika’s fu­ture as Wal­la­bies coach is safe, but his pre­sen­ta­tion to the Rugby Aus­tralia board next Fri­day will be cru­cial to the fu­ture of his as­sis­tants and team man­age­ment.

If RA was go­ing to sack Cheika it would had to have been this week, be­cause once the Wal­la­bies head off on their tour to Ja­pan and Europe next Satur­day they do not re­turn un­til the end of Novem­ber.

That is too late to anoint a new coach, and it would be far­ci­cal to para­chute some­one in mid-tour. Aus­tralia’s great es­cape in Ar­gentina last week, when com­ing from 31-7 down to win in Salta, eased tremen­dous pres­sure on Cheika.

But RA is deeply con­cerned the Wal­la­bies have lost eight of their past 11 games and fan dis­en­chant­ment is at its high­est.

Cheika will present his plan on how he will achieve suc­cess at next year’s World Cup.

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