Rugby League: Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika joins Sydney Roosters coaching staff

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made a surprising code switch from rugby union to league.

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. 

He had been linked to jobs in France, but he's decided to remain in Australia and work alongside close friend and Roosters head coach Trent Robinson. 

"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."  

Cheika has been with the Roosters for the last month and has been impressed with what he's seen. 

The Roosters have won the last two NRL Premierships, and 15 in total in the club's 111 year history. 

"You can see why they've been successful because of their culture. It’s nice for me to be around. It was pouring rain the other day [when we were on the training paddock]. 

"Just seeing the guys go hard, it was nice to be out there. If I can contribute to what they are hoping to do as a club, I'll be stoked."

Robinson said he's enjoyed learning from Cheika. 

"He is helping push myself and the assistant coaches to improve and challenging our ideas and helping push us again in 2020," Robinson told the Daily Telegraph. 

"I have always valued his advice. That will continue. He will obviously go off into different things at different times but it will be good to have him around and challenging us.

"The man can coach. He has won a Super Rugby title, a Heineken Cup and coached in a World Cup final. He has a wealth of knowledge.

"Cheiks [Cheika] loves the footy environment. He is a rugby union coach, but he grew up in the eastern suburbs and he just loves footy, whether it’s union or league. 

The Roosters open their 2020 NRL campaign against the Penrith Panthers on March 14.