Michael Cheika

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Joe Schmidt with Paul O’Connell in 2014. The coach and captain dynamic between the two proved the catalyst for Ireland winning two Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

I have sat quietly in team meetings when Paul O’Connell strongly disagreed with Joe Schmidt. It felt extremely awkward, as neither man gave an inch, b(...)

Dave Rennie: will leave Glasgow Warriors to take over as Australia coach on a three-and-a-half year deal. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

With Dave Rennie’s appointment as Wallabies coach an important part of his predecessor Michael Cheika’s legacy will live on. When Cheika took over (...)

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie has been appointed as Australia head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie has been appointed as Australia head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal, the Wallabies have announced. Ren(...)

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham: ‘I’m not thinking about the future after Munster at this stage.’ Photograph: Rogan Thompson/Inpho

Munster backs’ coach Stephen Larkham says he has no intention of walking out on his new employers to be the new Australia head coach, but he does wish(...)

Andy Farrell will be in charge of Ireland following Joe schmidt’s departure. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All Blacks loss will haunt Farrell’s early days Andy Farrell is going to have to put up with a whole lot of speculation before his stamp on the Irela(...)

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen  shakes hands with Ireland captain  Rory Best after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Photograph:  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Schmidt and Michael Cheika looked like tortured souls and on at least three occasions Eddie Jones has shown signs of emotion in front of the Engli(...)

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland tenure came to an end with Saturday’s defeat to the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Schmidt Happens He shook up the world order. Altered the way Irish rugby is perceived from Samoa to Bloemfontein. He gifted the most important people(...)

Michael Cheika has quite as Australia coach. Photo: Hiroshi Yamamura/Getty Images

Michael Cheika has insisted he had no choice but to resign after Australia were dumped out of the World Cup by England. The former Leinster and Stade(...)

 Michael Cheika: “I’d rather win it our way or no way. That’s the way Aussies want us to play.”

Michael Cheika said he would prefer to lose the Australian way, with ball in hand, than win by playing a more conservative game after the Wallabies cr(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes (right) and assistant referee Romain Poite during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Italy at Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi last Friday. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

We started out in September looking at the focus areas for the match officials. So let’s see what’s been happening so far. Firstly, when we look at h(...)

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