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Another fixer-upper on the cards for Michael Cheika? – Sydney Morning Herald

Despite speculation linking Cheika to UK Premiership side Gloucester, many believe Beziers would be the better fit for the Super Rugby and European Cup-winning coach.

Cheika’s speciality is turning around underperforming clubs. With the exception of the Wallabies, which was a representative side, he has a strong record. At both Leinster and NSW, he inherited two major professional teams with poor records and took them to titles (Leinster 2009/10 and Waratahs 2014).

Beziers will not be recognised widely in Australia but the club was considered a powerhouse of French rugby in the 1970s and 1980s, before falling on hard times this century. They were relegated to D2 after the 2004/05 season and fell further to the amateur Federale 1 in 2009, before returning to D2 after winning the D3 title in 2011.

Reporting around the ownership change has centred on the new group making an upfront cash injection of €10 million ($16 million) to pay off debts and begin recruiting.

For Cheika to be interested he would likely have negotiated a position which sees him assume full control of the rugby department. His tenure at Stade Francais between his Leinster and NSW appointments ended abruptly over interference from head office.

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Cheika most recently worked with the Roosters in the NRL in a consultant capacity and said he enjoyed being back coaching again.

He has also been linked to Argentina, where he maintains a close relationship with former Test halfback and international rugby powerbroker Agustin Pichot.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the South American nation hard, with many of their top players encouraged to find work offshore for the time being.