Former Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has made a shock code switch joining reigning National Rugby League premiers, the Sydney Roosters, and thrown a thinly-veiled dig at his former team, saying he's "stoked" to be part of Easts' "winning culture".
Cheika has joined the Sydney Roosters coaching staff and will work as the club's coaching consultant while spending time working on the teams attacking skills.
Cheika confirmed his new role to the Daily Telegraph, saying he's loving every moment of it.
The 52-year-old has been without a job since quitting as coach of Australia's men's rugby union team after a failed World Cup campaign, which ended with a 40-16 defeat by England in the quarter-finals. Cheika was linked with multiple roles across the globe, notably Montpellier and Stade Francais.
However, he's decided to remain in Australia and work alongside close friend and Roosters head coach Trent Robinson.
Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made a surprising code switch from rugby union to league. pic.twitter.com/MT94a2JdMN— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) January 23, 2020
"Trent asked me to do some very specific stuff with a couple of the coaches and specific areas," Cheika told the Daily Telegraph.
"He has got me on a few projects. I've loved it. I was really honoured that they thought I could contribute. I want to make sure the stuff I'm doing is contributing the way Trent wants me to."