Cheika’s Next Move: Former Wallabies Coach Steps Down from Argentina Role

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has left Argentina and will be replaced by his assistant Felipe Contepomi. Cheika coached Argentina to the semi-finals of the recent Rugby World Cup in France and served as assistant and adviser to the team for two years before becoming head coach in March 2022. Under his leadership, the Pumas secured victories over the All Blacks, the Wallabies, and England. Cheika expressed his pride in coaching Los Pumas and his desire to be involved in future World Cup events. He was also linked to a role at the Wests Tigers NRL club before leaving Argentina. Cheika’s departure has sparked speculation about his potential return to the Wallabies, but he has expressed his loyalty to Argentina and a desire to determine the best path forward for the team. Contepomi, who worked alongside Cheika and played a key role in Argentina reaching the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup, will take over as head coach. The Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) has expressed confidence in Contepomi’s ability to lead the team as they prepare for the Australia 2027 World Cup.