Eddie Jones defends under fire Australian coach Michael Cheika

Eddie Jones defends under fire Australian coach Michael Cheika

But Cheika was only told at the start of this week, having fielded both men against Italy in Padua last Saturday.

The pair were sanctioned after the leadership group involving Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Allan Alaalatoa, Samu Kerevi and Nick Phipps chose to alert the Wallabies coach about what had happened. The women were known by the pair, with one of them Ashley-Cooper's sister-in-law, but team rules stipulate guests are not allowed into player's rooms.

According to a report in Australia's Daily Telegraph, both players were sanctioned after the leadership group consisting of Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Allan Alaalatoa, Samu Kerevi and Nick Phipps, chose to raise the issue.

"I think from 1-23 they're all out of form", Paul continued.

Australia's leadership group discussed the issue in the lead-up to the Italy Test before bringing it to Cheika on Tuesday, who decided a one-match suspension was appropriate but that it would be dealt with inside team walls. "No third parties are involved - it's just inside our team", Cheika said at Twickenham on Friday afternoon. '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.

"With Ireland and New Zealand - particularly with Ireland - if you have a centralised system with a small player pool you can have a very good team and [a] consistent [team] and Australia doesn't have that and that is what they need".


"It's a minor thing that's in the team code".

Coach Michael Cheika critical of the referee who disallowed three Wallabies tries including a shoulder charge that went unpenalised.

"It's extremely hard. There's no way around it".

As for the reception Australia would receive at Twickenham on Saturday, Cheika said: "We're going to cop a heap of grief -- probably a little bit more after today for sure -- but you've got to love it". "They realised their error and they have been trying to help the other players get ready for the game tomorrow [Saturday]", said Cheika.

The Wallabies are desperate to end a five-match losing streak against England, and after the late withdrawal of Pocock due to neck injury, Beale would certainly have been in line to come onto the bench as a utility back.

Rugby Australia (RA) will conduct a review within a month after the Wallabies' year from hell and plenty is riding on it.

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