Rugby Australia has not dismissed the possibility of rehiring Michael Cheika as the Wallabies coach for a second time.
The possibility of rehiring Michael Cheika as Wallabies coach for a second time is not being dismissed by Rugby Australia’s CEO, Phil Waugh.
On Tuesday, Cheika revealed that he had ended his relationship with Argentina. This came two months after leading the Pumas to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup in France.
His leaving prompts the unavoidable inquiry: Is it possible for Cheika to come back to Sydney and take over as Wallabies coach for his ex-Randwick teammate, Eddie Jones?
According to Waugh, there is no limit to what can be achieved, even though Jones’s second term as head of Australia ended in failure. The Wallabies were unable to advance past the group stage of the World Cup for the first time.
Waugh stated that it is fair to say that everyone is being considered, including Cheika, for the position, even though he stepped down from the Wallabies four years ago following the 2019 World Cup.
“We have not yet released it to the market. Our plan is to announce our high-performance director this week and then begin the process of searching for a head coach.”
“We are not proficient in communication, with anyone for that matter.”
When asked if RA was considering Cheika for a potential role after leading the Wallabies to the 2015 World Cup final, Waugh replied that they are open to all candidates and will follow their standard procedure.
Contepomi, who is Cheika’s assistant, will be stepping into the role of head coach for the Pumas.
Argentina’s journey to the semi-finals of the World Cup occurred when Cheika took over in March 2022, after serving as an advisor to the team for two years.
The Pumas defeated the All Blacks in New Zealand, the Wallabies in Australia, and England at Twickenham during the Sydneysider event.
They eliminated Wales in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but were defeated by the All Blacks in the semi-finals.
Cheika expressed his pride in being the head coach of Los Pumas and stated that it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of his coaching career, according to the Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) website.
Even though I am from Australia, a significant aspect of my identity is rooted in Argentina. I have full faith that Felipe and his team will effectively guide the team.
In 2009, when the Irish team Leinster won their first European Cup, Contepomi served as the five-eighth and Cheika was their coach.
He participated in 87 Tests and played a crucial role in Argentina’s advancement to the semi-finals of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Four years later, he led the Pumas as captain in his fourth World Cup appearance.
Contepomi expressed his admiration for Cheika, stating that it was a privilege to have served as Argentina’s attack coach under the Australian and expressing appreciation for the incredible opportunity.
Following his retirement from playing in 2014, he gained experience as a coach with the Argentina XV and Super Rugby Jaguares before rejoining Leinster. Cheika recruited him back in 2022.
Gabriel Travaglini, the president of UAR, expressed gratitude to Cheika, stating that his professionalism, passion, and commitment to Argentine rugby will be remembered for years to come. He also announced that they firmly believe Felipe is the ideal candidate for leading the way towards Australia 2027.