Wallabies extend Michael Cheika's contract through to 2019 World Cup

Michael Cheika. Photo / Getty Images.
Michael Cheika. Photo / Getty Images.

The Wallabies have received a major boost ahead of their Test campaign against England with coach Michael Cheika re-signing through to the next World Cup.

Cheika was on contract until 2017 but extended his contract to the end of 2019, which will see him lead the Wallabies to the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The deal was announced in Sydney this morning.

"I never imagined I would be in the position of coaching Australia and feel extremely honoured to have the opportunity to continue on for the next period though to the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.," Cheika said in a statement.

"Along with the other members of our team, I will be doing my absolute best to ensure that every game that the Australian Rugby team plays between now and then fills the nation with pride and all Australians can watch the Wallabies play in a way that Australians want to see rugby played.

"It is a privilege to be associated with the people involved with our national team and playing my part in establishing the Wallabies identity for the years to come and for many years after that."

Cheika took over from Ewen McKenzie at the end of 2015 and took Australia to the World Cup final last year.

- news.com.au

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