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Australia cancel White call as Cheika's Wallabies are reviewed

01 December 2018

A confidential phone hook-up with South Africa's former World Cup-winning coach Jake White is planned for Thursday in the first sign that anxious Rugby Australia bosses have been forced to consider sacking Michael Cheika.

Speculation about Cheika's future has intensified after the Wallabies were hammered by England last weekend to end the season with nine losses in 13 Tests.

"The call as reported will not be going ahead", Rugby Australia said.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle has repeatedly said Cheika continues to have her backing to take the team to the World Cup in Japan next year, which is when his contract runs out.

"Rugby Australia did not approach him but agreed to speak with him but have decided not to proceed with the call".

The 54-year-old was the mastermind of the Springboks' 2007 World Cup triumph before guiding the Brumbies to 2013 Super Rugby final in his second and final season at the helm in Canberra.

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Before the Wallabies' underwhelming spring tour of Europe - which yielded a try-less loss to Wales, a lacklustre win over Italy and a record sixth straight defeat to England - Cheika was called in to RA's head quarters in Sydney to outline his plans for the team through to next year's World Cup.

Rugby Australia (RA) has backtracked on its earlier decision to take a call from Jake White, who reportedly offered his services as Wallabies head coach.

The 54-year-old is now coaching club rugby in Japan but would have been available for Australia had the Wallabies job come up and was believed to have a high-profile former Wallaby on his ticket too.

But the governing body has since opted against considering White as a potential replacement to guide Australia through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

He was among the candidates to replace New Zealander Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in 2013 but lost out to Ewen McKenzie, whose resignation the following year resulted in Cheika getting the job.

Australia cancel White call as Cheika's Wallabies are reviewed

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