New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has agreed in
principle to replace Ewen McKenzie in charge of the Australia
team, the Australian newspaper reports, citing "an informed
The Wallabies face the grim, unprecedented prospect of
departing for a European tour without a coach following Ewen
McKenzie's sudden resignation.
Australian rugby was plunged further into crisis a year out
from the World Cup on Saturday when under-fire coach Ewen
McKenzie resigned a few hours before the Wallabies were
beaten 29-28 by New Zealand in Brisbane.
Australia captain Michael Hooper was forced to clarify his
backing for suspended team mate Kurtley Beale on the eve of
the third Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand in Brisbane.
Barbarians head coach John Kirwan has All Blacks Adam
Thomson, Francis Saili and Frank Halai in his squad to face
Australia at Twickenham next month.
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