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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.

Oct 18, 2014

Rugby-Under-fire Australia coach McKenzie quits

SYDNEY, Oct 18 (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.

Oct 18, 2014

All Blacks edge Australia with late try in Brisbane

SYDNEY (Reuters) – All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa scored a last-minute try which Colin Slade converted to give the world champions a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup test at Lang Park in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Wallabies looked destined to emerge from two weeks of turmoil over the Kurtley Beale saga with a famous victory until Fekitoa crossed for New Zealand’s fourth try, which replacement flyhalf Slade calmly converted.

Oct 18, 2014

Rugby-All Blacks edge Australia with late try in Brisbane

SYDNEY, Oct 18 (Reuters) – All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa scored a last-minute try which Colin Slade converted to give the world champions a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup test at Lang Park in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Wallabies looked destined to emerge from two weeks of turmoil over the Kurtley Beale saga with a famous victory until Fekitoa crossed for New Zealand’s fourth try, which replacement flyhalf Slade calmly converted.

Oct 17, 2014

‘Swoop’ joins the ranks of Wallaby centurions

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Australia coach Robbie Deans once described Adam Ashley-Cooper as the glue that held the Wallabies together and rarely has the versatile back’s ability to bring coherence to the side been needed more than in his 100th test.

The fallout from the row over texts allegedly sent by Kurtley Beale about a team official in June have left the Wallabies in crisis and coach Ewen McKenzie clinging to job by his finger nails ahead of Saturday’s test against New Zealand.

Oct 17, 2014

Rugby-’Swoop’ joins the ranks of Wallaby centurions

SYDNEY, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Former Australia coach Robbie Deans once described Adam Ashley-Cooper as the glue that held the Wallabies together and rarely has the versatile back’s ability to bring coherence to the side been needed more than in his 100th test.

The fallout from the row over texts allegedly sent by Kurtley Beale about a team official in June have left the Wallabies in crisis and coach Ewen McKenzie clinging to job by his finger nails ahead of Saturday’s test against New Zealand.

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