Cheika’s plan to stop Wallaby exodus

Date published: October 31 2014

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Michael Cheika wants the Wallabies to be prepare and play their rugby in the best environment possible to stop them moving abroad.

Michael Cheika wants the Wallabies to be prepare and play their rugby in the best environment possible to stop them moving abroad.

Taking charge of his first match this Saturday at Twickenham against the Barbarians, Cheika will be relieved for some actual rugby to happen having spent the first weeks of his tenure putting out fires.

The Waratahs Super Rugby-winning coach will have to deal with the likes of Will Genia and Adam Ashley-Cooper moving overseas after next year’s Rugby World Cup, but believes others will stay.

Suggesting that after the recent Kurtley Beale disaster might seem fanciful, yet Cheika remains confident.

“Let’s forget about money for a little bit, the way we’ll keep more players in Australia is by giving them the best possible preparation and the most enjoyable game to play,” Wallabies head coach Cheika said.

“They need to enjoy it and like what they do. When that happens, it makes it harder to leave because they’re heading into the unknown and they’re not sure what they’re going to get overseas.

“Yes there might be other bait and trappings, but if we can provide a really good place for them to be, it makes it much harder to leave.

“So my main goal is not to go up to any one individual player and ask him to stay, it’s to make Australia one of the best places to play rugby.”

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