Cheika takes Wallabies to Pacific for World Cup fine-tuning

2019-08-26 13:45
Wallaby coach Michael Cheika (Gallo Images)

Noumea - Australia coach Michael Cheika has plumped for a slice of South Pacific paradise shorn of any daily distractions to fine-tune his Wallaby squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan starting on September 20.

The Wallabies will be based in the French South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia until September 5, returning to Sydney for a final warm-up match against Samoa two days later before heading to Japan.

"The physical proximity to our country helped our decision to come here," Cheika said in Noumea, capital of the French-administered territory located 2 000km northeast of Sydney.

"We wanted a place where the players are far from their daily lives and distractions so they can concentrate on one thing: training and preparation."

Cheika added that the only game his team had in mind was their World Cup Pool D opener against Fiji on September 21 in Sapporo.

The Wallabies will then take on Wales on September 29, Uruguay on October 5 and Georgia on October 11. The top two teams in the pool advance to the quarter-finals.

"I've been Australia coach for five years and I've never seen such great team spirit and desire for collective effort," said Cheika, who was named 2015 World Rugby coach of the year after leading the Wallabies to the final of the World Cup won by New Zealand that same year.

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