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Michael Cheika to stay as Wallabies coach through World Cup

SYDNEY (AP) Rugby Australia has confirmed Michael Cheika will lead Australia to next year's World Cup but from now on will work under the supervision of Scott Johnson, who takes a new role as Australia's director of rugby.

Cheika was under pressure after the Wallabies won only four of 13 tests in 2018 - their worst record in 60 years. But Rugby Australia has kept faith in Cheika's leadership, with chief executive Raelene Castle saying "he's started something, he wants to finish it."

Johnson, who is returning to Australia after working in the United States and Britain, most recently as Scotland's director of rugby, will take up his position officially in mid-March. But he and Cheika will meet sooner to plot elements of Australia's World Cup campaign.