Michael Cheika quits as Australia coach after World Cup exit to England10/20/2019
Michael Cheika has quit his post as Australia coach after the Wallabies’ World Cup exit to England.
Australia were put to the sword by England in their quarter-final on Saturday, losing 40-16 in Japan.
It is the first time in 12 years England have reached the semi-final, but it will be the last game in charge for Cheika.
The outspoken coach came under immediate pressure in the wake of the defeat and confirmed on Sunday he was no longer Australia’s coach.
‘It is no secret I have no relationship with the CEO and not much with the chairman,’ Cheika said, referring to Australia chief executive Raelene Castle and chairman Cameron Clyne.
‘I knew from the final whistle, but I just wanted to give it that little bit time to cool down, talk to my people and then make it clear.’
New Zealand coach Dave Rennie is the favourite to replace Cheika, while England will face New Zealand in the semi-final next Saturday.
The defending champions booked their place in the final four of the tournament with a superb display against Ireland.
New Zealand thrashed Ireland 46-14 just a few hours after England cruised by Australia, condemning the Irish to their seventh World Cup quarter-final exit.
Sunday will see the second batch of quarter-finals played out, with hosts Japan hoping to continue their inspiring form against South Africa and Wales vying to join England in the semi-finals.
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