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Could the Wallabies be on the path to, shock, horror, an orderly transition of the coaching reins from Michael Cheika to Stephen Larkham?

Tumult has been the way of recent appointments, with Robbie Deans a dead man walking for the first half of 2013 and Ewen McKenzie's extraordinary resignation after the third Bledisloe Test in Brisbane in 2014.

It has taken some time for a sense of order to be restored but Australian rugby is getting there. Michael Cheika has found his groove again and it would take an act of God for him not to be in place for the next two years.

And behind him is Stephen Larkham. He is shaping as Cheika's natural successor after the 2019 World Cup. Rugby in Australia might be heading towards a period of relative stability, if it can handle it.

The alternative model is well known – essentially a beauty contest, where a list of candidates is compiled and the successful candidate is almost a reaction to the previous boss.

Sometimes it works. It certainly has done wonders for England, where Eddie Jones took his outsider's eye of their strengths and has ruthlessly gone about challenging their weaknesses.

But more often that not it makes any sense of continuity impossible, and the lesson of the previous regime are too easily cast aside.

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