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Cheika appointed as new Wallabies coach

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been announced as the new head coach for the Qantas Wallabies.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika. Picture: Facebook.com

AUSTRALIA - Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been appointed as the new Qantas Wallabies head coach on a three year contract.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced that the appointment starts with immediate effect.

Cheika is currently contracted to the Waratahs until the end of 2015, and will retain that position for 2015 only while coaching the Qantas Wallabies.

ARU says the 47-year-old was the perfect candidate for the position.

Cheika is a former Sydney Premier Rugby player and previously represented Australia in the Under 21s.

His coaching career includes leading the Waratahs to the club's first-ever Super Rugby title earlier this year.

Internationally he has also made his mark by coaching in Italy, France and at his home club Randwick.

ARU Chief Executive Officer 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.

"Michael fulfils these requirements. He is also extremely passionate and has a strong track record of motivating teams to win through plenty of hard work."

Cheika said he was humbled by his appointment.

"I never imagined I would be in the position of coaching our national team and feel extremely honoured to have this opportunity. My mission will be to do the best possible job I can and to motivate the people around me to ensure they are able to represent Australia to the best of their ability."

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