Former Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika has landed a Head coach role at Lebanon’s rugby league team.
His appointment comes months before next year’s Rugby League World Cup. The 2015 World Rugby Coach of the Year has Lebanese ancestry.
His role comes a year after he parted ways with Australia following a poor run in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He had a five-year stint as a Wallabies coach.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity for me to do something that represents the land where my parents came from,” Cheika told the Daily Telegraph.
“There is something about being Lebanese, you can never put your finger on it. I was born here in Sydney, but when I went there as an adult the first time we landed in Beirut, I really felt a strong connection to the place.”
The 53-year-old is currently a consultant for Argentina, who claimed their first-ever victory over the All Blacks last weekend and will face Australia on Saturday.
Though he has spent most of his career coaching rugby Union, he has Rugby League experience having served at Sydney Roosters in the NRL.