The Waratahs have announced that Michael Cheika will take charge as head coach of the Sydney Super Rugby side from 2013.
His appointment follows an extensive search conducted by the Waratahs Rugby Board.
Announcing the decision, Chairman Roger Davis said the panel had been unanimous in its support for the highly regarded former Randwick and Leinster coach as the best possible candidate to lead the Waratahs into a new and successful era.
After calling time on his playing career in 1999, the highlights of Michael Cheika’s 13-year coaching career include guiding Randwick to first and second grade Premiership titles in 2004 and steering Irish Province Leinster to Celtic League success in 2008 and a first ever Heineken Cup title in 2009.
Born in Sydney, the 45-year-old says he is proud to have been chosen to take charge of the HSBC Waratahs.
“The opportunity to coach the Super Rugby team of my home state and the responsibility to make all our supporters and all people from NSW proud of their team is one that motivates me immensely.
“I am really looking forward to being part of this new era in NSW rugby and will bring all the passion and professionalism I have to make this team one everyone will be proud of.
“My immediate goal is to establish our identity loud and clear, inside and outside of the team; who we are, how we are going to play the game and what we are prepared to do to earn the respect of our team mates, our supporters and our competitors, as individuals and as a team. By achieving this we will earn the right to think about getting some good results.”
Michael will join the Waratahs in October 2012, ahead of the Super Rugby pre-season.