Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika takes charge of Lebanon

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Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, now with Argentina, celebrates with Juan Imhoff of the Pumas after winning the 2020 Tri-Nations against the All Blacks in Parramatta, Sydney on 14 November 2020.
Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, now with Argentina, celebrates with Juan Imhoff of the Pumas after winning the 2020 Tri-Nations against the All Blacks in Parramatta, Sydney on 14 November 2020.
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Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has been named head coach of Lebanon rugby league team.

Cheika stepped down as Australia boss after a lengthy five-year stint with his last match in charge being against England in a 40-16 defeat in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

The 53-year-old has been working with Argentina on a consultancy basis since early September and was also on the coaching staff of NRL side Sydney Roosters.

Cheika, who is a son of Lebanese immigrants, is looking forward to guiding Lebanon to next year's Rugby League World Cup in England.

"It's an unbelievable opportunity for me to do something that represents the land where my parents came from," Cheika told the Daily Telegraph in Australia.

"There is something about being Lebanese, you can never put your finger on it. I'm born here but when I went there as an adult the first time we landed in Beirut; I really felt a strong connection to the place."

"I'm still ambitious as a coach because I love it, I can't help it," Cheika added.

"I'm here with Argentina now because I love it. I just want it to unfold naturally. Being with the Roosters, it's been insightful but I'm going to take every day as it comes and see what happens from there."

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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