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Signs that Michael Cheika could be axed

The Wallabies have endured their worst year of results since 1958. They suffered nine defeats in thirteen matches and coach Michael Cheika is under significant pressure just ten months out from a Rugby World Cup.

There are now signs that Rugby Australia is considering dumping the Super Rugby-winning coach.

The Courier Mail’s Jim Tucker revealed today that the organisation has secretly reached out to South African 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White.

Speaking to Macquarie Sports Radio Mornings with David Morrow and Tony Leonard, Tucker said it is a big step for RA, “They’re sounding him out. The most important thing is that Rugby Australia are embracing the idea that they have to discuss an alternative.

“They’ve got a board meeting in early December. Whether they go with Cheika or whether they go with someone else – which is South Africa’s Jake White – they really have to put an alternative on the table to do the pros and cons.

“Cheika is the most powerful figure in Australian rugby. It’s not Raelene Castle or any of the board members, Cheika’s the number one dog. So he has to be critically analysed.”

Asked what the smell was on which way RA would go Tucker responded, “The smell is of a rotting carcass at the moment with the Wallabies.

“The fans have turned off. The recent tour to the UK and Japan you’d have to say was dreadful. You watch the All Blacks play, Ireland, Scotland… you saw Australia going backwards and all those other countries going forwards. It hit everyone between the eyes.

“There’s a really significant moment now for Australian rugby to decide: do they make a change?”.

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