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BREAKING: Argentina reveal Michael Cheika's replacement

NEWS: Argentina unveiled Felipe Contepomi as their new head coach on Monday.

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The Los Pumas legend takes over from Michael Cheika, who helped guide the team to a fourth-place finish at this year’s World Cup.

Cheika was appointed in March 2022 and took charge of 24 Tests, recording 11 wins and 13 defeats.

Contepomi was his assistant coach in that period.

“I want to thank all Argentines for these wonderful years together, as well as the UAR, the staff and the players for having trusted me for this challenge,” said Cheika.

He added: “Having been the head coach of Los Pumas fills me with pride and is one of the experiences that I enjoyed the most in my career as a coach.

“Although I was born in Australia, a large part of me will be Argentina. I am convinced that Felipe and his staff are going to lead the team in the best way possible.”

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Contepomi notched up 87 Test caps as a player for Argentina between 1998 and 2013. He also captained the team between 2008 and 2011.

Before joining the Argentina coaching set-up, he was Leinster’s back coach between 2018 and 2022.

He was also an assistant coach with the Jaguares in 2016.

Additional source: Reuters

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