Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika to be featured at USA Rugby 2016 National Development Summit

Boulder, Colo. - Qantas Wallabies Head Coach and 2015 World Rugby Coach of the Year, Michael Cheika will be the featured guest at the USA Rugby Annual National Development Summit being held January 22-24 in San Francisco, California. Full schedule of events and speakers will be formally announced soon, but NDS participants will be able to learn from the Wallabies head coach throughout the weekend.

Michael CheikaThe World Rugby Coach of the Year will be the featured guest at both the USA Rugby and Rugby Canada rugby development summits. Both summits are focused on increasing the connectedness among coaches, referees, players and administrators in the rugby community.

After visiting the United States for the Wallabies' September test match against the USA Rugby Eagles at Chicago's Soldier Field, Cheika was excited by the possibilities for the sport in the United States. Having seen the excitement and passion for rugby in the American supporters, Cheika decided now would be a great time to engage and meet with the grass-roots members of the USA Rugby community.

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One of the most respected coaches worldwide, Cheika has had his fair share of career achievements. Cheika most recently led Australia to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final and won the 2015 Rugby Championship. Cheika is also a former player with a history of success; he won the Shute Shield seven times as a member of Randwick. Cheika will bring a wealth of knowledge to the National Development Summit thanks to his 20-year playing career and now coaching career.

USA Rugby's 10th Annual National Development Summit will be held January 22-24, 2016 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in San Francisco, California. Find more details and purchase your tickets at usarugby.org/nds.

Rugby Canada's Rugby Conference aims to give coaches, administrators and leaders in the Canadian Rugby community an opportunity to gain insight and specific rugby streams, connect with fellow rugby enthusiasts and get inspired to grow the game in Canada. The Rugby Conference will take place January 29-31, 2016 at the Hilton Mississauga.