SYDNEY – Rugby Australia will decide the fate of under pressure coach Michael Cheika and his coaching staff “ahead of Christmas”, chairman Cameron Clyne said Monday after an end-of-season review, following a below par year for the team.
A brief statement lasted only one minute, Clyne said, “We’ve had a presentation from Michael, we’ve had some data gathered from him, from his coaching staff, from his players and from our high-performance unit and we need to go through a fairly thorough review process,” he said, without taking questions.
“We’ve got all the information we need and we’ll be going through that process.
“I know people are very keen to know what’s going on but I felt it was important to at least let you know where we are in that process and obviously we’ll have more to say and have that process wrapped up ahead of Christmas.”
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the player feedback was “mixed”, with support for Michael Hooper as Test captain but concerns over the team’s culture, communication and organisation that stills need to be addressed.
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