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Reports: Cheika to be Wallabies coach

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SYDNEY (AP) Australian media are reporting that New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has accepted an Australian Rugby Union offer to coach the Wallabies.

Cheika, who led the Waratahs to the Super Rugby title this season, would replace Ewen McKenzie, who announced he was resigning after Australia lost to New Zealand in a Bledisloe Cup match Saturday.

Australia leaves for a five-match European tour on Friday. On Tuesday, the ARU was scheduled to name its team for the tour, at which time the reports suggested Cheika would be confirmed as the new coach.


Cheika appointed Wallabies head coach

SYDNEY (AP) Michael Cheika has taken over as Wallabies head coach on a three-year contract and will be allowed to remain in charge of the New South Wales Waratahs next season in a deal rushed through before the Australian squad leaves on a five-match European tour.

Cheika's appointment was confirmed Wednesday, less than four days after Ewen McKenzie announced the end of his tumultuous 15-month stint as coach in the wake of Australia's last-minute 29-28 loss to New Zealand on Saturday night. (MORE)

Injured Tuilagi out of November tests

LONDON (AP) England fears have been confirmed with center Manu Tuilagi ruled out of the November tests after hurting his groin in club rugby action last weekend.

Tuilagi had a different groin abductor problem than the one which forced him to miss three club games last month, but it was more severe, Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said on Tuesday. (MORE)

Jones and Hook left out of Wales squad

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) British Lions prop Adam Jones was dropped and playmaker James Hook missed the cut in a Wales rugby squad which included one uncapped player for the four November internationals.

The newcomer chosen on Tuesday was Ospreys loosehead prop Nicky Smith, a Wales Under-20 representative. (MORE)

Brown overlooked by Scotland for tests

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) Kelly Brown has been overlooked by Scotland for the November test matches, less than a year after captaining his country in the Six Nations.

The flanker was the most high-profile absentee in the 33-man squad named by new coach Vern Cotter on Monday ahead of games against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga next month. (MORE)

Carter named in All Blacks tour squad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) World rugby's top points scorer, Dan Carter, has been included in the All Blacks squad to play tests in the United States and Britain next month after satisfying selectors he is fully fit.

The 32-year-old flyhalf, who has 1,440 points from 100 test appearances, has played only half a match for his Canterbury province since breaking his leg in the Super Rugby final on Aug. 2. (MORE)

USA to have top players for All Blacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The United States has reached an agreement that will allow it to include leading players based in Britain, France and Japan in its team to play New Zealand in a rugby test in Chicago on Nov. 1.

Under the agreement, U.S. players in the English Premiership, second-tier IPA Championships, France's Top 14, Japan's Top League and Scotland's Guinness Pro12 will be released for the match at Soldier Field. (MORE)

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