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Contepomi partners with Cheika in Argentina

Former Leinster and Australia coach Michael Cheika has been named Argentina coach until the 2023 World Cup in France, current Leinster full-backs coach Felipe Contepomi is set to be part of the new management ticket, according to reports.

Cheika has worked with the Pumas for the past two years as an assistant to former head coach Mario Ledesma, who resigned last month after a series of poor results.

Both have a long history of working with Ledesma as a scrum coach under the Australian at the Wallabies.

Cheika, 55, beat former Pumas playmaker Gonzalo Quesada, the head coach of French club Stade Français, to replace Ledesma.

Contepomi will join Cheika’s squad with the intention of succeeding him after next year’s World Cup in France, according to Argentine daily La Nacion.

Just last month, current Leinster manager Leo Cullen said it was only natural that Contepomi would be linked with the Argentina vacancy.

Cheika guided Leinster to Heineken Cup success in 2009 and also had success with New South Wales Super Rugby side Waratahs. He led the Wallabies to the 2015 World Cup final in England.

He quit in acrimony four years later, however, after Australia pulled out of the World Cup quarter-finals in Japan, equaling their worst finish at the world tournament.

Additional Reuters reports

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