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Rugby: Cheika quits as Australia coach following World Cup exit

Australia head coach Michael Cheika speaks at a press conference in Oita, southwestern Japan, on Oct. 17, 2019, two days before the country's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match against England. (Kyodo)

OITA (Kyodo) -- Michael Cheika confirmed Sunday he is stepping down as Australia head coach, a day after the Wallabies exited from the Rugby World Cup following a quarterfinal loss to England.

Cheika said the 40-16 defeat at Oita Stadium would be his last game in charge of the team, according to Rugby Australia.

The 52-year-old had bristled at questions about his future in the immediate aftermath of the loss to an England side led by Australian coach and archrival Eddie Jones.

"I got asked the question in the press conference...about what's going to happen going forward and at the time I wasn't keen to answer but I always knew the answer in my head, I just wanted to speak to my wife and tell a few people," he said on the national federation's website.

"I put my chips in earlier in the year I told people no win, no play."

A former teammate of Jones at renowned Sydney rugby club Randwick, Cheika guided an unfancied Australian side to the final of the 2015 World Cup in England.

Two-time World Cup champions Australia finished second in Pool D in Japan with wins against Fiji, Uruguay and Georgia, while going down to pool winners Wales in a 29-25 thriller in Tokyo.

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