The match that Los Pumas will play against England for third place in the Rugby World Cup, next Friday at 4 p.m. (Argentine time) at the Stade de France, could be the last for the team’s coach, Michael Cheika.whose contract expires once the World Cup ends.
Cheika He is Australian, 56 years old, and took over in March 2022, replacing his friend Mario Ledesma, who had left the team a few weeks before. So far, the current coach of Los Pumas has directed 23 games, of which he won 11 and lost 12.
Among the victories he achieved with the National Team, the historic victory against the All Blacks in Cristchurch (2022) stands out, the biggest historical win over Australia (48-17, in San Juan) and the great victory against England at the Twickenham stadium in London.
During the press conference held prior to the duel that is coming to England for bronze in the World Cup, the Australian coach was asked about his continuity and this was his response: “I have no idea about that. I don’t think about it. We have a very good relationship between the team, the staff and the Union. We talk about everything, but the important thing is this game. There are not many feelings at the moment, the focus is the game and finish the World Cup in the best possible way”said.
He also referred to the changes he made to the national team to face La Rosa: “I think it’s a good game for Cubelli. More next to the ruck, if it’s the type of game we think, with the weather conditions and also against a team like England. I think we can use his strong point”.
Regarding the inclusion of Jerónimo de la Fuente, he said: “Because of the training and the games he plays, he is in top shape physically and mentally as well. He deserves an opportunity. It is difficult for him not to have played more games until now. I think it is a great opportunity for Jero, as for all the players, but especially for him.”.
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