Michael Cheika quits as Australia coach following Rugby World Cup exit

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Michael Cheika has quit as Australia coach following their exit from the Rugby World Cup.

With his contract due to expire at the end of the year, Cheika has confirmed that he will not be seeking reappointment as head coach of the Wallabies, with his side dumped out of the World Cup in a 40-16 defeat against England in Saturday’s quarter-final clash.

Cheika had previously promised to step down if Australia failed to win the World Cup, and has honoured that promise. 

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“I put my chips in earlier in the year I told people, ‘No win, no play,”’ Cheika said.

“I’m the type of man who (is) always going to back what he says and 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.”

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The coach leaves Australia after five years in charge.

He guided the Wallabies to the World Cup final in 2015, losing a tight final to New Zealand.

His tenure has been plagued by criticism of style and selection, and a faliure to solidify certain selections at a number of key positions, particularly fly-half and in the back row, where his attempts to fit both Michael Hooper and David Pocock in often prove

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