London - Australia coach Michael Cheika
suggested England ought to be thinking long-term as well as concentrating on
recruiting a new boss after insisting he had no interest in the role as he
already had his "dream" job.
Cheika confirmed onMonday he had no intention
of quitting his current post in order to succeed Stuart Lancaster, who last
week paid the price for England becoming the first host nation to bow out of a
World Cup during the group stage - where they lost to both Wales and the
Wallabies in the so-called 'pool of death'.
Barely a year after taking charge, Cheika
led his native Australia to a World Cup final where they were beaten by New
Zealand, with the Wallabies having previously captured this year's southern hemisphere
Rugby Championship title.
Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian
Ritchie's stated aim of having a coach of "proven international
experience" to succeed Lancaster would appear to rule out several domestic
Meanwhile Cheika is the latest in a growing
list of overseas candidates, along with compatriot Eddie Jones and the New
Zealand trio of Wayne Smith, Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt, to say he doesn't
want the England job, with only former South Africa World Cup-winning boss Jake
White publicly announcing his interest thus far.
Cheika said there was more to coaching a
Test side than immediate success.
"As the head coach, your role is to do
well now but it's also to plant the seeds that someone else is going to benefit
from further down the track," he explained.
"I know that sounds like utopia but I
believe that when you work that way, plan that way, you'll get benefits in the
short term as well.
"I'm no one to be giving anyone
advice. I'm nobody. I just think you've got to build something from
within," Cheika added, before citing the likes of Gatland (Wales) and
Schmidt (Ireland) as examples of overseas coaches who had enjoyed success in
"That's what we want to try to do in
Australia: breed the next crop of coaches, whether it's the boys who are
coaching with me now, Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey, or those guys who are
going to come through next."
Ritchie has promised the RFU, England's
governing body and the wealthiest of all the major unions, will spare no
expense in their search for a new coach.
Asked if that would help, Cheika jokingly
replied: "Well, it will help the bloke you throw money at.
"No, it's about getting the right person
that fits that team and those people."
Reflecting on the World Cup, Cheika added
he had endured mixed emotions on his return to Australia.
"It was hard for us because we were
still carrying the scars of losing the final. We had two objectives on our trip
over here - to get people in Australia enjoying rugby again and not just for
"I was really humbled by the reaction
of a lot of people back there, which we're not used to because it's not the
most popular sport in Australia.
"So we're not used to people coming up
to us in the street and saying, 'Congratulations'.
'You feel a bit guilty taking that, because
we didn't win. It's a bit paradoxical but what do you do? I really liked the
fact that people really enjoyed it back at home. That was really rewarding for
Cheika is briefly back in London to coach
the Barbarians for their match on Tuesday with Gloucester and Saturday's
non-cap international against Argentina at Twickenham, with the fixtures
forming part of the invitational side's 125th anniversary celebrations.
He said a key attraction was working with
the likes of New Zealand's World Cup-winning wing Nehe Milner Skudder and
Springbok lock Lodewyk de Jager, not against them.
"It is still such a great concept, to
be involved with guys who are your enemies really," said Cheika.
"In return we have to go out and play
really good rugby to make sure that the next group of guys who come to play for
the Barbarians are really revved cos this group of guys played really