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Graham Henry no relevance to me: Cheika

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/09/2016
Michael Cheika watches his players at the warm-up before their match. © Getty Images Michael Cheika watches his players at the warm-up before their match.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he couldn't give a stuff what Graham Henry thinks about his team - and it's probably just as well.

Henry lit a fuse on Saturday when he labelled the current Wallabies squad as the worst he's seen in Australia's rich rugby history.

The former All Blacks coach said it was a concern how far Australia and South Africa had fallen behind world champions New Zealand.

"It's probably the worst Australian team I have ever seen, and that's a real worry for the game," Henry told NZ radio on Saturday morning.

Cheika was clearly miffed when told of the comments following his team's 36-20 win over Argentina in Perth later that day, and he was quick to put Henry in his place.

"Mate, I don't care what Graham Henry says," Cheika said.

"I didn't know he said that. But when you tell me, I couldn't care what he says.

"He's got no relevance to me. Maybe in his mind we are (the worst Australian team). That's good for him. He doesn't need to tell me, and I don't have to listen to him."

When asked whether he thought Henry's comments were disrespectful, Cheika replied: "Nah. He can say what he likes. But I don't care what he says."

Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia was also adamant Henry's comments weren't valued within the Australian set-up.

"Personally, I don't really care about that sort of stuff," Genia said.

"People can say what they want.

"All that matters to me ... is what we believe in.

"We're just working hard to be as good as we can to make Australia proud."

Cheika was under the pump earlier this month following his side's six-match losing run.

But back-to-back wins over South Africa and Argentina have eased the pressure.

However, the gap between the Wallabies and NZ has been clear to see during the current Rugby Championship.

With two rounds remaining, NZ (20 points) have already secured the title following big wins over Australia (twice), Argentina, and South Africa.

The Wallabies sit in second spot on nine points, with South Africa (six) and Argentina (five) lagging behind them.

Australia's recent resurgence will be tested next month when they take on the Springboks in South Africa, and Argentina in London.

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