Pocock fails fitness test, out for Australia against England

Michael Cheika

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

However, Australia has a rule that no guests are allowed in hotel rooms, and team leaders including captain Michael Hooper, Pocock, Nick Phipps, Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa decided a breach occurred.

Local media reported that Ashley-Cooper invited his sister-in-law and two friends to his hotel room after the 9-6 loss to Wales a fortnight ago.

Beale and Ashley-Cooper, who have a combined 200 caps, invited women to their hotel room after losing to Wales 9-6 on November 10 in Cardiff.

They're the small things I think we've got to clamp down on.

"The leadership group came to me earlier in the week and asked me to deal with it in a way I thought was appropriate and I thought this was the appropriate way", he added.

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Cheika said Beale had been left out of the team based on form, but clearly now this is not the case.

"There's different times when we bring our families into the hotel, but this was different and even though there is nothing sinister I still think the rules are rules".

"[Beale] just made a mistake like any player would, it happens when you play in teams". We need to make sure we've got our Super teams in a place where they can perform consistently over this Super Rugby tournament because that's what builds the platform for Wallaby success both in the performances they have, learning how to win, being confident and playing good rugby.

"They were very apologetic".

"It's a relatively minor team rule we have".

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In a lengthy news conference on Friday, Cheika discussed attempts to "cut out all those little shortcuts" and improve the Wallabies' team culture.

"One thing we've had this year is we've been really solid, in the face of a lot of adversity".

"It's extremely hard. There's no way around it", Hooper said. Clearly having a strong understanding of the Australian setup, Jones is adamant that Cheika is the right man for the job. You know, we've got big goals as a team. "They realized their error and they have been trying to help the other players get ready for tomorrow's game", said Cheika.

Pocock, who took a year out from global rugby in 2017, has been nursing a neck injury for most of the season which forced him out of Australia´s home Rugby Championship test against South Africa in September.

The under-fire coach seemed surprised that he would have to front the Rugby Australia board and give a season review, believing he did that after the third Bledisloe Cup last month.

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Instead, because of the breach, Cheika has been forced to pick two specialist wingers in Sefanaia Naivalu and Marika Koroibete as reserves, leaving their playmaking stocks vulnerable should Matt Toomua or Bernard Foley get injured.

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