Stephen Larkham stood down from Wallabies duties after Michael Cheika dispute

Rugby Australia (RA) said the decision was made by Cheika, and that Larkham would shift to a new role as national high-performance coach adviser immediately.

However, the Wallabies endured a tough 2018 that saw them win just four out of the 13 Tests.

"Ultimately Michael is responsible for the performance of the team", Larkham said via an RA media release.

According to reports, tensions have been simmering between head coach Michael Cheika and Larkham with the latter understood not to have been able to implement his strategies on the team as the Wallabies averaged just 19.5 points per game. "We couldn't agree on these key points and it is in the best interest of the team that they receive clear and consistent messages from their coaches", he said in a statement.

EIGHT months out from the World Cup, the Wallabies are on the hunt for a new attack coach after former World Cup-winner Stephen Larkham was let go on Monday.

"It was very important from Rugby Australia's perspective to retain Stephen's services and to ensure his experience is used to grow and develop coaches and players in our next generation".

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Larkham was fingered in a review by Rugby Australia (RA), which also resulted in Scott Johnson being appointed in a new position of director of rugby, overseeing Cheika, in an attempt to breathe new life into the Wallabies' World Cup campaign. "He was one of our greatest ever Wallabies and has developed a strong depth of experience during his coaching roles with the Brumbies and Qantas Wallabies".

It is unclear if Larkham will have any involvement with the Super Rugby franchises but it is unlikely he will be the next Wallabies coach despite Cheika previously annointing him as the next in line.

"But ultimately they didn't think the core elements of attack were aligned and they believed, or Michael believed, it was the right thing to do to move on".

Larkham's sacking comes after it was announced late previous year that Scott Johnson will leave his role with Scottish Rugby after the Six Nations to take over as Wallabies director of rugby.

The Sydney Morning Herald revealed past year Cheika offered Larkham as the fall guy at a board meeting, where his position was being reviewed.

"We will also look to support Stephen in his transition into another Head Coach role".

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