There is one story from World Cup winning coach Bob Dwyer that could sum up Michael Cheika's appeal to players.
Dwyer recalls speaking to a senior Waratahs player about six months after Cheika took over as coach there.
"This player had been on the receiving end of some of Michael's displeasure and had been dropped from the team. And some weeks later I spoke to the player and said, 'How is Check going?' And he said, 'Fantastic, I love him.' And I thought to myself, 'and you're the guy he dropped!'"