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Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Fairytale Wanderers two steps from Asia’s ultimate prize

SYDNEY, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Little more than two years ago Western Sydney Wanderers had three members of staff and were being run out of a suburban kitchen. This weekend they play for the biggest prize in Asian football.

The fairytale rise of the club has been little short of extraordinary and the Asian Champions League final against Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal could provide a triumphant climax — to the opening chapters at least.

Oct 22, 2014

Cheika confirmed as Australia coach in place of McKenzie

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Michael Cheika was confirmed as the new coach of Australia on Wednesday and immediately charge with leading the Wallabies to a third World Cup triumph in England next year.

Four days after Ewen McKenzie dramatically quit the job to plunge Australian rugby deeper into crisis after the Kurtley Beale texting scandal, the 47-year-old was handed a three-year contract as the third Wallabies coach in the last 15 months.

Oct 22, 2014

Rugby-Cheika confirmed as Australia coach in place of McKenzie

SYDNEY, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika was confirmed as the new coach of Australia on Wednesday and immediately charge with leading the Wallabies to a third World Cup triumph in England next year.

Four days after Ewen McKenzie dramatically quit the job to plunge Australian rugby deeper into crisis after the Kurtley Beale texting scandal, the 47-year-old was handed a three-year contract as the third Wallabies coach in the last 15 months.

Oct 22, 2014

Cheika, Australia’s man for the poisoned chalice

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Michael Cheika, who was appointed Australia coach on Wednesday, is a maverick, forceful and sometimes volatile coach who has never shied away from accepting what others might consider a poisoned chalice.

The 47-year-old has a fervent belief that there is a right and a wrong way to play rugby and is the only man to have coached teams to both Heineken Cup and Super Rugby titles.

Oct 22, 2014

Rugby-Cheika, Australia’s man for the poisoned chalice

SYDNEY, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika, who was appointed Australia coach on Wednesday, is a maverick, forceful and sometimes volatile coach who has never shied away from accepting what others might consider a poisoned chalice.

The 47-year-old has a fervent belief that there is a right and a wrong way to play rugby and is the only man to have coached teams to both Heineken Cup and Super Rugby titles.

Oct 19, 2014

McKenzie walks on Wallabies after Beale row indignities

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ewen McKenzie always places great stock in the character of the players he works with and ultimately it seems that having his own integrity so publicly questioned caused him to walk away from a job he coveted for so long.

The 49-year-old said the media would have to wait until he published his memoirs to know the real story behind his shock departure as Australia’s rugby coach, but there is no doubt the saga surrounding Kurtley Beale played a central role.

Oct 19, 2014

Rugby-McKenzie walks on Wallabies after Beale row indignities

SYDNEY, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Ewen McKenzie always places great stock in the character of the players he works with and ultimately it seems that having his own integrity so publicly questioned caused him to walk away from a job he coveted for so long.

The 49-year-old said the media would have to wait until he published his memoirs to know the real story behind his shock departure as Australia’s rugby coach, but there is no doubt the saga surrounding Kurtley Beale played a central role.

Oct 19, 2014

Cheika firms as favourite for Wallabies job

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Michael Cheika is firming as favourite to replace Ewen McKenzie as Australia rugby coach this week but it remains to be seen whether he would want to join an organisation that has shown itself to be so dysfunctional over the last two weeks.

McKenzie quit just hours before the Wallabies lost 29-28 to New Zealand in Brisbane as a result of the turmoil surrounding the squad after utility back Kurtley Beale allegedly sent offensive text messages to a team official.

Oct 19, 2014

Rugby-Cheika firms as favourite for Wallabies job

SYDNEY, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika is firming as favourite to replace Ewen McKenzie as Australia rugby coach this week but it remains to be seen whether he would want to join an organisation that has shown itself to be so dysfunctional over the last two weeks.

McKenzie quit just hours before the Wallabies lost 29-28 to New Zealand in Brisbane as a result of the turmoil surrounding the squad after utility back Kurtley Beale allegedly sent offensive text messages to a team official.

Oct 18, 2014

Under-fire Australia coach McKenzie quits

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Under-fire Australia coach Ewen McKenzie resigned on Saturday a few hours before the Wallabies were beaten 29-28 by world champions New Zealand in Brisbane, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said in a statement.

McKenzie, who took over from Robbie Deans just over a year ago, had come under pressure over the last two weeks for his role in the row over offensive text messages Kurtley Beale allegedly sent to a team official in June.

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