Stephen Larkham

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika opens up on tough Stephen Larkham axing

Larkham, Australia's attack coach since 2015, was the high-profile fall guy of Rugby Australia's review of the Wallabies' worst season in 60 years in 2019.

The Wallabies won just four of 13 tests, with all the coaching staff including Australia's 1999 World Cup hero Larkham, in the firing line.

Cheika's soul-searching over what to do next led to his proposal to axe the former Australian first-five, as well as "four or five others".

"Tough," Cheika told an Irish sports podcast in Dublin of his decision to dispense with Larkham.