England deny Cheika approach


Australia head coach Michael Cheika has not been approached to replace Stuart Lancaster as England boss, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) insists.

Cheika - who is under contract until 2017 - has turned the Wallabies fortunes around during his year in charge of the national team, revitalising the side and guiding them to the Rugby World Cup final.

He was unable to lead them to glory as they were beaten 34-17 by New Zealand, but his efforts earned him the Coach of the Year award from World Rugby.

During his short tenure with Australia Cheika has enjoyed success and defeat against Lancaster's England, his victory coming in the pool stage of the World Cup that sent the host nation crashing out of the competition.

A review was immediately launched after that 33-13 defeat to look into England's failings during the tournament, with Lancaster's role coming under increased scrutiny.

Cheika's name had been linked with replacing the 46-year-old but, when contacted by Omnisport, the RFU denied any approach has been made to acquire the 48-year-old's services.