Argentina: Michael Cheika ‘sure we’ll find a way’ after managing dual coaching commitments

Colin Newboult

Lebanon head coach Michael Cheika before the Rugby League World Cup group A match at the Leigh Sports Village, Leigh. Picture date: Sunday October 23, 2022.

Michael Cheika is unconcerned over the clash which will see his Argentina side play on the same weekend as Lebanon in the Rugby League World Cup.

The former Wallabies boss took on the Lebanon role ahead of the 13-man game’s global tournament and has impressively guided them into the knockout stages.

The Cedars finished in second place in their pool following victories over Ireland and Jamaica to reach the quarter-finals, where they will coincidently face Australia.

England first up for Argentina

There was always the prospect of a clash, with Los Pumas set to begin their Autumn Nations Series campaign in November.

There is just two days between the matches as Lebanon take on Australia in the last-eight on Friday, November 4 in Huddersfield before Argentina face England on Sunday, November 6 in London.

“We’ve just got to work out how we get it done and make sure we try to do both things really well, and I’m sure we’ll find a way,” Cheika told reporters.

“We’ve been hoping for this week for a while and now it’s here, I’ve got to make sure I get across it and make sure I do justice to both teams.”

Argentina are already in England preparing for their opening clash, with Cheika being able to visit the Pumas camp on a couple of occasions.

Lebanon is currently taking priority due to the importance of the competition, but the 55-year-old is also looking to help the South Americans where possible in the lead up to Sunday’s international at Twickenham.

One day here, one day there

“It’s probably going to be one day here, one day there. Everything has to be nailed down here first because we’re in a World Cup and it’s extremely important,” Cheika added.

“We’ve done a lot of preparation work with the coaches from Argentina. They were here from Sunday through Wednesday with the team last week.

“We had permission to have a camp and I was able to spend a couple of days with them because we had days off.”

After their encounter with England on Sunday, Los Pumas finish 2022 with matches against Wales and Scotland.

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