Rugby Championship

Cheika: Twickenham feels like home

2016-10-04 12:36
Michael Cheika (Gallo)

 Sydney - Australia coach Michael Cheika says his team is happy to play their final Rugby Championship Test at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Wallabies have played at Twickenham six times over the last two years and will play their seventh Test in London since November 2014 when they face Argentina this weekend.

It's the first Rugby Championship Test to be played in Europe.

"It is pretty unheard of for Australians to say they feel like Twickenham is a home ground but we had a run of five or six games in a row here last year," Cheika said.

"It is always a fabulous venue. When we are playing England obviously it creates an atmosphere but even in the games last year when we didn't play England there was a good atmosphere.

"I'm sure that will be the case in this game as well and we are really looking forward to it to be honest. It is a great place to play rugby so you wouldn't miss the opportunity if you had the chance."

Cheika will be forced to make at least one change to his team after Sean McMahon suffered an ankle injury in the loss to South Africa in Pretoria.

McMahon, nominally a flanker, came into the side at number eight for the 18-10 defeat at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in place of the injured David Pocock.

In contention to replace him are Lopeti Timani and Leroy Houston, the latter who is yet to make his Test debut.

 

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Fixtures
Saturday, 20 July 2019
South Africa v Australia, Emirates Airline Park 17:05
Argentina v New Zealand, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 23:40
Saturday, 27 July 2019
New Zealand v South Africa, Westpac Stadium 09:35
Australia v Argentina, Suncorp Stadium 12:05
Saturday, 10 August 2019
Australia v New Zealand, Perth Oval 12:05
Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena 23:40
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