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No decision yet on Cheika's future as Wallabies coach

SYDNEY (AP) Wallabies coach Michael Cheika may know before Christmas whether he will lead Australia to next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The board of Rugby Australia met for the final time this year in Sydney on Monday and made no definitive statement on the future of Cheika, whose team has lost an unprecedented nine tests in the past season.

Chairman Cameron Clyne took no questions at a news conference which lasted less than a minute but his brief statement was seen as significant because, for the first time, RA did not express explicit support for Cheika.