Rugby Wallabies coach Michael Cheika quits

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    Sam BruceESPN Associate Editor


      Sam was brought up on long drives and the dusty fields of north-west New South Wales, where he developed his love of rugby from an early age. He joined ESPNscrum after a five-year stint heading up Fox Sports Australia’s digital rugby coverage.

OITA — Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has resigned his post after Australia were eliminated from the Rugby World Cup following a 40-16 defeat by England on Saturday night.

Cheika announced he wouldn’t seek reappointment beyond his Dec. 31 contract during a conference call with Australian media on Sunday afternoon.

“Obviously I got asked the question in the press conference, you would have been there and listening to it, about what’s going to happen going forward,” Cheika said when asked about why he didn’t announce his decision immediately after the Wallabies’ defeat.

“At the time I wasn’t keen to answer but I did answer in my head; I was keen to speak to my wife and just tell a few people who I care about because I put my chips in earlier on in the year; I told people no win, no pay.

“So I’m the type of person, the type of man, that always backs what he says. I knew at the final whistle but I just wanted to give it that little bit of time to settle down, talk to my people and then make it clear.”

Cheika had earlier this year said that if the Wallabies had won the World Cup he would have earned the right to stay on. While that ultimately left him with even less wig

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