Remarkable comebacks were the order of the day in the latest round of play in the Rugby Championship.
Michael Cheika just might have the opportunity to send his steel plated turtleneck off to the cleaners after the Wallabies came back from a 31 – 7 hole at the half to beat Argentina 45 – 34.
Cheika will want to pack said protective sweater in his kit for the trip to Japan for the World Cup and the current crop of speculation is over whether or not he will make any adjustments to his coaching staff.
Advice for Cheika comes from all levels, from the poor bloke/lass on the street who remembers his brief glimpse of rugby glory during his/her schoolboy/schoolgirl career, all the way up to Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle, who was reportedly poised to make some coaching selections on Cheika’s behalf.
No coach in any code appreciates that sort of intrusion with regard to his or her autonomy and it is the sort of interference that often proves to offer future premonition.
She was supposedly considering including George Gregan of John Eales into the coaching list to absorb some of Cheika’s ideas or to challenge Cheika’s player selections.
In remarks to reporters picked up by the AAP, Cheika said, “I don’t know who’s saying that stuff about changing people. Like I’ve said many times, these are tough times. They come and go and you’ve got to be a tough person to get through it. We’ve got stuff we’ve got to improve, everyone does — coaches, staff, players, everyone.”
Cheika says the goal for the Wallabies is to lift the World Cup.
That seems like an improbable goal at this point in time, but if the improbable should occur, Cheika’s hands had better be steady and his grip firm, because it would appear that there would be another pair of hands, those belonging to Madame Castle, trying to wrest Cheika’s hands of the Cup and off the Wallabies.