The association between Michael Cheika and Mario Ledesma will come back up to date. Already together at the head of the Waratahs during the 2014 and 2015 seasons with, as a climax the victory in Super Rugby of the Australian franchise in the first year, it is under the orders of the Australian and the Argentinian that the Wallabies reached the final of the 2015 World Cup, lost at Twickenham to New Zealand. If, in this case, Michael Cheika was the head coach and Mario Ledesma the assistant, the situation will change during the Rugby Championship, which will take place entirely in Australia from November 7 to December 12. Indeed, the former coach of the Wallabies, dismissed from his post at the end of the last World Cup and replaced by Dave Rennie, will join the staff of the Argentine selection in the role of “external advisor”.
Ledesma: “I felt him very excited”
In such a role, Michael Cheika will be able to intervene with Mario Ledesma and his assistants during the preparation phase but also during the competition, even during match days against the three other major nations of the Southern Hemisphere. A project which, according to the Pumas coach, quickly packed his former boss when he was in the staff of Australia. “We started talking about this at the start of the year. I offered to come and work with us and he was immediately interested. I felt him very excited, Mario Ledesma said in a statement. He’s someone who can bring a lot of experience, both to the players and the staff. He has an innovative vision, very creative and distinct from many coaches that I have come across. “A contribution of weight that could allow the Pumas to get off to a good start after the failure of the last World Cup, during which Argentina did not pass the group stage.