The former coach of Australia and current assistant to Mario Ledesma in Los Pumas, Michael Cheika, don’t stay calm for a minute. Once finish the Three Nations, the experienced and restless coach will take the Helm of the Lebanese rugby league team that aims all the cannons at world that will be played next year in England.
Cheika’s parents were immigrants from Lebanon who arrived in Australia in the 1950s and the 53-year-old Australian said accepting the offer had to do with return to its roots. “This is an incredible opportunity for me to do something that represent the land where my parents came from“Cheika told the Daily Telegraph, adding that he closely followed the Cedars’ run to the quarterfinals of the 2017 World Cup.
“There is something about being Lebanese, you can never tell. I was born here, but when I was an adult and we landed in Beirut for the first time, I really felt a strong connection to the place. “Cheika, who said in May that he would never be able to train against Australia, took on a consultant role with the Pumas in September and helped to guide Mario Ledesma’s team to their great 25-15 victory over the All Blacks at the Tri-Nations.
Too was part of the coaching staff of the Sydney Roosters from the National Rugby League (NRL) and the move to Lebanon is seen as a stepping stone to a potential role in Australia’s top flight. “I’m still ambitious as a coach because I love it, I can’t help it,” added Cheika and added that “I’m with Argentina now because I love it. I just want it to develop naturally. Being with the Roosters has been revealing, but I’m going to take every day as it comes and see what happens from there. “