Rugby World Cup 2019: Quade Cooper lashes out at departing Wallabies coach Michael Cheika

Former Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper has taken a shot at outgoing coach Michael Cheika. 

The 52-year-old confirmed he wouldn't seek re-appointment as Wallabies coach, after their 2019 Rugby World Cup failure.

Cooper took to Twitter to express how he felt, saying: "If he actually cared about Aus rugby he would have done it a while ago..."

Cheika said it was "cruel" that a journalist should ask him about his intentions  immediately after the heavy defeat on Saturday, but the following afternoon, he conceded the time was right for change.

Cheika's tenure was marked by a successful 2015 World Cup campaign, where Australia reached the final, and a disappointing display at the global tournament in Japan, the respective outcomes marking a gradual decline in the team's overall performances.

He had always said he would stand down if the Wallabies didn't win the tournament.

He has been linked with a coaching role at French club Montpellier. Rugby Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson has already been scoping possible candidates for 2020.

New Zealander Dave Rennie has emerged as a clear favourite, because of his success with the Chiefs in Super Rugby and further experience with Scottish club Glasgow Warriors.

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