Curtis Rona is delighted to see his rugby career thrive with London Irish.
New Zealand-born former Wallabies wing Curtis Rona has opened up about his quarrel with controversial coach Michael Cheika.
Rona, 29, took her game to the UK after enduring the frustrations of igniting her short international career under Australian coach Cheika.
After playing 57 NRL games for the North Queensland Cowboys and Canterbury Bulldogs between 2014 and 2016, Rona switched to rugby with Western Force and did enough to reach the Wallabies in 2017.
The Black Ferns were hammered 43-12 by England when they returned to Test rugby.
He played only three Tests, including one against the All Blacks, where he scored a try before falling into disfavor with Cheika.
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Rona questioned his death, and that apparently made things worse with Cheika, who was in charge of the Wallabies from 2014 to 2019.
“I actually talked to my wife about it this week, I felt like I didn’t get a fair crack, a fair chance, and you know with Cheika, he plays his mind games in everything he asks about,” Rona said Rugby Pass in a longer interview.
“He stuck to what he knew, and he played what he thought he should play, and I disagreed with him, and we had a bit of a fall-out, and then he did not choose me again to enter the camp. .
“I thought I should have been given more options. I tested him and he did not like it and before you knew it I was not selected again and that was the end of my Wallabies career.”
The lines of communication with Cheika were interrupted when Rona switched to the Waratahs for two seasons before deciding to switch to the UK in 2019, where he happily executes his trade with outdated London Irish in the English Premier League.
“No, I have not spoken to him since. I clearly remember that I thought I had a good opportunity, a good position at the time I played. He actually gave me a few odds to match in terms of my run, my game in Super Rugby, and I matched, if not better, them, and he still did not choose me. That’s why I confronted him, and that’s what it is, ”said Rona.
“That’s just the way it is sometimes. Sometimes coaches just do not want to choose you, or they do not like you, or you are at a disadvantage, and that’s how life is with choices and such. There are a few people who have had an argument with him [Cheika]. It’s just a common thing with any coach… it’s the circle of rugby life. ”
Taranaki-born Rona moved to Australia with his family when he was eight, but still has connections to New Zealand, where he played for Junior Kiwis and New Zealand Māori in the rugby league.
“We had group meetings and used to do a lot of Maori traditions, like singing and speaking a bit of the language. Not being in New Zealand, but keeping the tradition going, as my parents did for me, was good,” Dad told three Rona. Rugby Pass.
“It’s hard with my family now that they’ve lived most of their lives in the UK at the moment. Hopefully one day I can give them a chance to return to the Maori tradition and maybe go back to New Zealand and live there, so they can experience some of it. ”