Cheika hoping for new Wallaby era

Date published: July 17 2015

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Wallabies boss Michael Cheika is hoping Saturday's Test against the Springboks in Brisbane will be the dawn of a new era in Australian rugby.

After several poor performances in 2014, the Wallabies have dropped to sixth place in World Rugby's rankings which is their lowest-ever position.

And Cheika, who is taking charge of his first Test on Australian soil since replacing Ewen McKenzie as Wallabies coach last year, hopes his charges will play with a style which will make Australian supporters proud of their team.

"I just want to see them play with passion," Cheika told reporters.

"We've got a good mindset about us, we know we've got a really big battle ahead in the physical stakes and now it's just about preparing the mind to go out there and play really, really well tomorrow night.

"What we want to do is be true to the team we want to be, the identity we want to have. Work hard and, like I've said before and it's not just lip service, make our supporters proud of the way we play."

Cheika also revealed that he is planning to use the  Rugby Championship to find a squad of players that will carry Australia through their World Cup campaign.

"What we do want to do is have 45 players we can drop in at any time because we've a really clear way of playing the game," he added.

"Each person knows his role in the position that he plays and then he brings his own talents to the game.

"We don't want to be stressing if we lose a number 13 because we've got another guy who can step in. And that's what I'm counting on over the next few months."

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