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Slumping Australia will be back, says Cheika READ MORE

Slumping Australia will be back, says Cheika READ MORE

Both Ashley-Cooper and Beale, who have exactly 200 caps between them, took part in the Wallabies' training session at Twickenham on Friday, with Cheika stressing that at no stage had their selection for the England match been "guaranteed".

Adam Ashley-Cooper started at wing for Australia against Italy last week.

Cheika said he wanted to keep the issue under wraps but chose to speak about it after the story became public.

"I don't want it to be seen like a carry on but the justification that Rodda tried to take him on with his shoulder is ludicrous", Cheika said.

It was a minor infraction, but when the team is under pressure and one of the perpetrators was Beale - a previous disciplinary offender - the headlines were predictably hostile. "I spoke to the boss about it and she understands that it's like punctuality, curfew or any of those things within a team". Considering it's inside the team, I wanted it to stay inside of the team so that players know no shortcuts are acceptable no matter what. '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. We want to make this team better and stop making the small excuses.

Cheika said he became aware of the issue on Tuesday, 10 days after the women were brought back to the hotel.

However, the pair's behaviour at their Newport hotel was subsequently disclosed to head coach Michael Cheika on Monday by a group of senior players led by captain Michael Hooper.

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"The leadership group in our team is reflective of the whole team".

"[Beale] just made a mistake like any player would, it happens when you play in teams".

Cheika is seemingly safe in his job, with the opinion at RA that changing coaches so close to a World Cup would be too unsettling for the players - not to mention very expensive and there are limited other options.

"We've got one of the best doctors in world sport in Nathan Gibbs".

"They can't sit back and let this decline continue without someone deciding to take the bull by the horns, say this is unacceptable and we need to do something to turn it around", he said. "Sometimes the bitter taste and the scars that are left and the things that go against you make you stronger".

To compound Australia's woes ahead of their season finale against a side who are looking to chalk up a record sixth straight win over Cheika's team, David Pocock has been ruled out through injury.

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