Wallabies duo Kurtley Beale, Adam Ashley-Cooper axed for breaking team rules

Beale And Ashley-Cooper Dropped By Australia After Hotel Incident Post Wales Defeat

Australia coach Michael Cheika has been placed under even more considerable pressure, following Saturday's 37-18 to England.

Rugby Australia has backed Cheika until his contract expires at the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

The Wallabies arrived in London on Sunday, and Cheika said the leadership group approached him on Tuesday to penalise Beale and Ashley-Cooper for breaching team protocol.

Cheika - who was world coach of the year in 2015 having pulled a demoralised squad up by its bootstraps in lss than a year and guided them to the World Cup final - said painful experiences in rugby is part and parcel of the sport just as it is in life.

Michael Cheika has denied he tried to cover up the real reason for Kurtley Beale's surprise axing from the Wallabies team, after it emerged he was dropped for allowing women into his hotel room.

"I love footy and you can't just have the good bits", he said.

Four years ago, Beale was found guilty of sending an offensive text to then Australia team business manager Di Patston, and fined US$38,500.

"You'd have to talk to her about those things", he said.

AFP  Adrian DENNIS Australia have finished the year with just four wins in their 13 Tests the worst they have fared since 1995
AFP Adrian DENNIS Australia have finished the year with just four wins in their 13 Tests the worst they have fared since 1995

World Cup-winning fullback Matt Burke also believes that Cheika has too much power, saying he is basically untouchable due to his standing within head office. 'This is a situation where two boys brought some friends and family back into their hotel without thinking of the implications of that, because they were friends and family.

'You want me to answer a question about a sledge from an England player?' he bristled.

"Whatever that is - changing the coach, appointing a former Wallaby as a chairman of selectors on a panel, appointing new assistants - take a bit from each of the successful teams in the world and implement that". To not get there this time is disappointing for him and the team.

"We are down to seventh in the world after starting at number three".

Having been impressed by the likes of Will Skelton, who has been transformed since joining Saracens from the Waratahs past year, Dwyer also believes the improved condition and form of some players overseas is an "indictment" on the Australian Super Rugby scene.

Both players have faced off-field punishments in the past but Castle said that played no factor in the discussions around this latest incident.

"There's a lot of great people in our team and great stuff going on behind the scenes and we will turn the pain into wins next year".




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