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Cheika quits as Wallabies coach after World Cup elimination

Cheika quits as Wallabies coach after World Cup elimination”

Error-strewn Ireland were left to count the cost of a seventh quarter-final defeat in nine World Cup tournaments, a Robbie Henshaw score and a penalty try offered scant consolation.

Back-to-back champions New Zealand have not tasted World Cup defeat for 4,397 days, since their 20-18 last-eight loss to France in 2007.

Despite the fact that Jones and Hansen are both quick with a quip and are masters at the psychological games that go along with preparing your teams for big test matches, the All Blacks coach said there were clear rules of engagement that would be observed this week.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Cheika said he made a "calculated gamble" when he said he would step down from his position if the Wallabies didn't win the World Cup.

'What I am most pleased about is the fact that the game got tight and put us under pressure, and everything that we rehearsed and practised and sat in meetings about how we handle it and how we get a grip on it, we were able to do.

Shortly after his announcement, Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle released a statement thanking Cheika for his five years of "dedication and service" to the national team.

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

Grilled again about whether he would honour his pledge to quit if the Wallabies didn't win the World Cup, he snapped back: "When the time comes, I'll tell them".

"Look, I've loved every minute of it and like I said at the start, the crowd have been fantastic".

"So I'll see out my contract til the end of December".

"I tried my absolute best to do that". We work with human beings and inevitably when you've reached a height there is, certainly not complacency, but there was an unfortunate, I suppose, aiming up for this tournament.

"I just wanted to speak to my wife and tell a few people up there [on the Rugby Australia board] about it".

The Wallabies were thumped by their old enemy England 40-16, in what the Sydney Daily Telegraph called "a flogging".

Castle said Cheika was "passionate and experienced" adding that he worked "tirelessly to get the best out of his players". He cares deeply about the Wallabies and the game of Rugby, and always set out with the aim of making Wallabies fans proud of the team's performances.

The reaction to Michael Cheika's decision to resign as Wallabies coach has begun - and former player Quade Cooper has been the first to take a dig at the departing boss.



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