WAL­LABY SLACKERS COP ‘ GOBFUL’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - IAIN PAYTEN

MICHAEL Cheika will un­veil the rest of his lead­er­ship team when he an­nounces the Bledis­loe Cup squad to­mor­row but it ap­pears the Wal­la­bies coach is not lack­ing for hard- edged deputies pre­pared to ruf­fle feath­ers.

Cheika hap­pily re­ported there was a grow­ing will­ing­ness in­side his Wal­la­bies squad for play­ers to de­mand of each other that they meet the stan­dards ex­pected at train­ing, un­con­cerned about hurt feel­ings and bruised friend­ships.

“There are a lot of younger play­ers now who are start­ing to find their voice,” Cheika said.

When Cheika used to play at Rand­wick, he unashamedly dished out a gobful to a young team­mate if they didn’t do their job.

He would also give them a gobful if he knew he had not met the stan­dards and no- one had stood up and called him on it.

“I think that is some­thing we have lost. And I see a new breed of player start­ing to stand up and voice the stan­dard to their team­mate, and make them ac­count­able for the ef­fort,” Cheika said.

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