Cheika named World Rugby coach of the year

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has been recognised for his rapid transformation of the national team with the World Rugby Coach of the Year Award at tonight's World Rugby Awards dinner in London. Cheika took over the Wallabies' reins less than a year out from the World Cup, on the eve of the team's 2014 Spring Tour, which they finished with one win from four matches. Splitting the role with the NSW Waratahs head coaching job during the Super Rugby season, Cheika worked to build a whole squad mentality with regular player briefings during the season. Cheika led the Wallabies to their first Rugby Championship win since 2011, including a victory over New Zealand in Sydney, putting opponents on notice in the lead-up to the World Cup. Overall in 2015 Cheika has taken the team to 10 Test wins from 12 matches this year, including an unlikely run to the World Cup Final, in which they showed character in a gripping encounter. It's an achievement that Cheika has said was not even on his rad
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