The AFL drama PLAYING FOR KEEPS has nothing on the real life soap opera unfolding in the Wallabies camp.
When we last left our protagonist, Michael Cheike, he had resigned from his role as coach of the Wallabies after a disastrous exit from the World Cup. The Wallabies were thumped 40-16 in the quarter final by England.
The relationship between our unemployed coach and Raelene Castle, Rugby Australia’s Chief Executive, was hostile to say the least.
It was a clash of the titans at a cocktail function at the Australian embassy in Tokyo during the World Cup. Castle reportedly went behind Cheike’s back to get the team to an event he had already vetoed. Things almost got physical, but luckily former Wallaby, Morgan Turinui, was able to step in and save the day.
These revelations have put Cheike’s decision back under the spotlight, although he continues to sidestep these questions. When cornered by press, he insists the decision is down to the fact that he is a man of his word.
Stay tuned to find out who will replace Cheike.