The Sydney native will be the headline speaker at Rugby Canada’s inaugural Rugby Conference that will take place Jan. 29-31 at the Hilton Mississauga. He will also speak at USA Rugby’s Annual National Development Summit the week before.
“I’m really excited to come to Canada and learn about the Canadian rugby landscape,” Cheika said. “I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience to help grow rugby in Canada.”
The 48-year-old has an extensive list of accomplishments and is one of the most respected coaches worldwide. Over the course of his coaching career, his achievements include:
· 2015 World Rugby Coach of the Year
· Led Australia to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final
· Won the 2015 Rugby Championship
· Coached the Barbarians in their match against Argentina last month
· Led Leinster to the 2009 Heineken Cup title
· Coached the NSW Waratahs to their first Super Rugby title in 2014
· Former Director of Rugby at Stade Francais and led them to the 2011 Challenge Cup Final
Cheika is also a former player having primarily played for Randwick and won the Shute Shield seven times. He captained the side from 1997-1999 and also played for the Australia U21 side. He also played domestically in France and Italy over a near 20-year playing career.
Cheika headlines a star-studded conference that also includes Rugby Canada’s General Manager of Operations and Performance Jim Dixon, Senior Women’s head coach Francois Ratier, Senior Men’s National Program Manager and World Rugby Hall of Famer Gareth Rees and Richard Cheetham, Senior Fellow in Sports Coaching, as well as kinesiology specialists Jean Cote and Joe Baker.
Early bird pricing to the Rugby Conference is still in effect and tickets can be purchased at . Tickets to the Rugby Conference dinner Saturday night are also available for $75.
About Rugby Conference and the USA Rugby National Development Summit
2015 World Rugby Coach of the Year Michael Cheika will be the featured guest at the North American rugby development summits in San Francisco and Mississauga. The development summits are focused on increasing the connectedness among coaches, referees, players, and administrators in the rugby community.
The Rugby Conference aims to give coaches, administrators, and leaders in the Canadian Rugby community an opportunity to gain insight on specific rugby streams, connect with fellow rugby enthusiasts and get inspired to grow the game in Canada.