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Waratahs coach Cheika undecided on captaincy

Michael Cheika at training with the Waratahs

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Article Published: Monday 7 January 2013|

New Waratahs Super Rugby coach Michael Cheika says that he will wait and see who wants to captain the Waratahs the most before deciding on who he names as captain.

Most of the Waratahs returned from their Christmas and New Year break for training on Monday and Cheika wasted no time in putting them through an arduous session in sweltering conditions at Centennial Park.

The current Waratahs captain is Benn Robinson who inherited the role from former captain Rocky Elsom when injury cut his season short but a new coach usually means a new captain.

Robinson says that he still wants to be Waratahs captain in 2013 but Cheika wants to see who else is hungry for the role.

"Until the other lads had come back and started running, you've got to see who wants it the most," Cheika told AAP.

"The leadership's earned, it's not a given.

"A lot of the guys are back and running around now - we'll see who wants to earn the respect to be the boss."

Whilst none of the Wallabies were due back at training until next week a few of them including Robinson, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell and new signing Michael Hooper arrived on Monday for their first training session under Cheika.

When Cheika was asked how many of the returning Wallabies were in the running for the captaincy Cheika said, "I don't know, I couldn't tell you.

"There's a natural group of guys that have stepped out of the (non-Wallabies players) squad that has been here already."

"Now when the Wallaby players have returned - I think some of them who have returned in advance of their dates have shown that they want to be in it."

And on Robinson's chances Cheika said, "He's here a week earlier than he was supposed to be - that shows that he wants it".

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