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Sunday 17 December 2017

CHEIKA NAMED AS NEW COACH TO WALLABIES

Michael Cheika has been officially appointed as the new Australia head coach.

The Australian Rugby Union announced a three-year contract for the former Leinster and Stade Francais boss, whose appointment follows Ewen McKenzie's resignation last weekend.

Cheika, 47, will be in charge for the Wallabies' European tour, which starts against the Barbarians at Twickenham on November 1 and is followed by Test matches against Wales, France, Ireland and England.

Cheika, who will also remain as New South Wales Waratahs head coach until the end of this year, had been a hot favourite to fill the role vacated by McKenzie.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said: "Central to our decision was selecting a world-class coach who can lead us to victory in next year's Rugby World Cup, and a person who represents rugby's core values."

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