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Published: 10:03 | 19/5/16

Cheika commits to Wallabies

Michael Cheika has signed a new contract to carry on as Australia coach until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Cheika guided the Wallabies to the Rugby Championship title and the Rugby World Cup final in his first year in charge, earning the World Rugby Coach of the Year award for his achievements.

The former Leinster head coach had another 18 months to run on his initial contract but he has agreed to a two-year extension.

“We could not be more delighted to have secured Michael’s services as national coach until at least the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019,” ARU CEO Bill Pulver said in a statement.

“Obviously his record as Qantas Wallabies coach over the past 18 months speaks for itself, but it’s the wonderful culture and a renewed pride in the gold jersey that Michael has instilled in the team which has laid the foundation for continued success.

“The performance of the Wallabies at the World Cup put rugby back on the map in a huge way in Australia and you cannot understate the influence Michael has had, along with his fine coaching team, in igniting the passion of Australian rugby fans with the way the team performed both on and off the field during the tournament.”

Cheika is delighted to have extended his contract until the end of 2019 and has promised to do his best to ensure the Wallabies challenge for honours in the years to come.

"I never imagined I would be in the position of coaching Australia and feel extremely honoured to have the opportunity to continue on for the next period though to the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan,” he said.

"Along with the other members of our team, I will be doing my absolute best to ensure that every game that the Australian Rugby team plays between now and then fills the nation with pride and all Australians can watch the Wallabies play in a way that Australians want to see rugby played.

“It is a privilege to be associated with the people involved with our national team and playing my part in establishing the Wallabies identity for the years to come and for many years after that."

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