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Cheika to stand down as Australia coach after World Cup exit

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Cheika to stand down as Australia coach after World Cup exit
Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Quarter Final - England v Australia - Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan - October 19, 2019 Australia head coach Michael Cheika during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Peter Cziborra   -   Copyright  PETER CZIBORRA(Reuters)
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By Nick Mulvenney

OITA, Japan (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika said on Sunday he would not seek reappointment to the post when his contract expires at the end of the year.

The Wallabies were knocked out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals on Saturday when they were beaten 40-16 by England at Oita Stadium.

Cheika had previously said he would step down if Australia did not improve on their run to the final in 2015 in Japan and win the World Cup for a third time.

New Zealander Dave Rennie, the former coach of the Waikato Chiefs and current Glasgow Warriors boss, has been strongly linked with the post in the Australian media.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; editing by Richard Pullin)

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