Wallabies not in disarray, insists Michael Cheika

Virginia Santiago
November 26, 2018

One of the women was Ashley-Cooper's sister-in-law, and the players were turned in by a leadership group fronted by captain Michael Hooper.

Michael Cheika says he wants the Wallabies to play in a certain way, and that now doesn't include Kurtley Beale.

They did leave the Newport hotel by 10:30pm but guests are prohibited from being in players' rooms.

Captain Michael Hooper said players were aware of what happened last week before the Italy game but made a decision to not tell the coach until early this week.

"Be that players on the field, be that support staff, be that any extra support that they think they need to make sure the Wallabies can be in the best place they can be as they move into Japan".

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"They've let their teammates down in this instance, for sure, and that's where it should lay but I understand that's not the world we live in anymore".

"They [Ashley-Cooper and Beale] were very apologetic".

"It's extremely hard, there's no way around it", Hooper said. Cheika says that's important, but doesn't mean he'll select an indigenous Australian because of it.

"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".

Instead, Jones has placed blame on Rugby Australia for maintaining a flawed system which, for some time, has lacked control and seen an imbalance of power among Super Rugby clubs. Where they said that about us.

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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.

"Obviously there is disappointment - and they are disappointed too, it's a small error of judgment, it could be compared to not being on curfew or late for training", Cheika said, adding that there was no grey area around having women in their hotel.

Cannon, who has been critical of RA chairman Cameron Clyne over his handling of the demise of the Western Force past year, said Cheika was not the whole problem.

Meanwhile, Pete Samu will now slot into the No 8 position left by David Pocock, with Marika Koroibete to join spare backs Nick Phipps and Sefa Naivalu on a 5-3 bench which leaves the Wallabies without a utility player on the pine that Cheika said was not ideal.

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