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Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

13.38 28 Mar 2020


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Michael Cheika says he left his job as Australia head-coach with regrets and remains "hurt" after the Rugby World Cup.

The former Leinster boss says he's disappointed to have been unable to lead the Wallabies to World Cup glory or wrestle the Bledisloe Cup from New Zealand during his five-year tenure.

"Am I satisfied in the end, mate? No, because I wanted to win a Bledisloe and the World Cup," Cheika told Fox Sports in Australia.

"I wasn't able to do that and that hurts me, personally, because I really value the supporter on the street and I know that's what they want. I see them.

"For a kid like me, to think that he'd have the opportunity to coach the Wallabies, I would have never imagined.

"I've always been a sort of an outsider in rugby, outside of the establishment. So to get that opportunity and to consider the circumstances that we've had going on in Australian rugby the last five years, we've always represented with maximum courage.

"Sometimes we weren't at our best, sometimes we had to have terrible halves, had to make comebacks and we had some great wins as well."

Cheika is now an assistant-coach with the Sydney Roosters rugby league team.


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