No pressure on Cheika - ARU chief

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Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chief Bill Pulver insists coach Michael Cheika is under no pressure despite the Wallabies' poor form.

Cheika's men suffered an embarrassing 42-8 defeat to the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship in Sydney on Saturday for their fourth loss in five.

Despite that, Pulver said Cheika - who is contracted until the 2019 Rugby World Cup - should have no fears about his position.

"Michael Cheika's our coach right through the World Cup and he's a world-class coach," he told a news conference on Wednesday.

"The elite level of rugby things ebb and flow and that's what we're seeing here.

"Our boys will fight."

The return clash in New Zealand this weekend shapes as an opportunity to respond for Australia.

Pulver expects a much better performance, saying: "Our national coach is hurting and really the entire team is hurting.

"That's why I'm really confident you're going to see a team that does play with a lot of pride on the line this weekend and I think you'll see a far superior performance."