ARU eager to open Cheika talks

Date published: December 17 2015

ARU boss Bill Pulver hopes to soon begin talks about extending Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika's contract.

Cheika's first full year in charge of Australia saw the country win the Rugby Championship and reach the Rugby World Cup final, one year on from winning the Super Rugby title with the Waratahs.

As a result it's no surprise to hear Pulver confirm that the ARU want to keep Cheika in his role for a much longer time.

Cheika's current contract with the Wallabies runs out in 2017. 

Highlighting the cultural shift that has taken place within the national side and no doubt aware of the fact that other sides will be keen to acquire Cheika's services, Pulver hopes that talks will begin soon.

“Michael Cheika has done a wonderful job. He has put together a wonderful group of assistant coaches and he has galvanised the team incredibly well,” Pulver told AAP.

“Their behaviour off the field is just as important as on the field – the alignment with the core values of the game.

“I make no secret of the fact that I’d like to add another couple of years to that and he’s made no secret of the fact that he’d like to add another couple of years to that.

“So that’s a discussion we will have.”