Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was angered by a New Zealand newspaper's cartoon depicting him as a clown.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was angered by a New Zealand newspaper's cartoon depicting him as a clown. JULIAN SMITH

Cheika work was 'satire and nothing more', says cartoonist

THE New Zealand Herald's Australian cartoonist Rod Emmerson has hit back at Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's outburst.

"Cheika may be pissed at the artwork, but he'll be even more pissed when he realises I am Australian, and his cousin dated my sister,” Emmerson said.

Cheika was seething last night after being portrayed as an angry clown, complete with red nose, in a-mock up picture in the country's biggest paper, the New Zealand Herald, alongside the headline "Send in the clowns”, on the match morning.

Veteran cartoonist Emmerson revealed he was given advance warning on the story, and the idea was to "needle” Cheika before the match.

"That's what I did. It could have been seen as reverse psychology, hoping it would fire the Wallabies up somewhat to break the curse of Eden Park.

"Instead, it got under his skin.”

Emmerson explained his cartoon was partly in response to the Sydney-based Daily Telegraph portraying Richie McCaw as a witchetty grub on its front page, less than a week before the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

"It is satire and nothing more,” he said. "And a bit of payback for Witchetty Ritchie.

"It was a bit of a friendly shot across the bow - except, this took out the mast and sails instead. Oops.”


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