Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Australia drop Ashley-Cooper and Beale for bringing women into hotel room

Australia drop Ashley-Cooper and Beale for bringing women into hotel room

"I think with a guy like David, he's very well prepared".

Australia backs Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper were dropped for Saturday's match against England at Twickenham after bringing women into their hotel room earlier on tour, coach Michael Cheika confirmed Friday.

Australia coach Michael Cheika says he will assess his own performance after a disappointing year for the Wallabies as the Australian Rugby Union refused to rule out changes to his backroom staff.

Despite Chieka's attempts to downplay the incident, it is another negative headline for the Wallabies, generated by two of his most experienced players in a year where the team have won just four of 12 games.

"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.

Australian media reported the women, said to include Ashley-Cooper's sister-in-law, were out of the hotel by 10.30pm local time, but Wallabies' team rules state guests are not allowed in players' rooms.

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.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said while she felt some sympathy for the two players, the correct steps were taken to reprimand them.

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He went on to compare their system with those of more successful sides.

Castle said she wasn't anxious about any wider cultural problems within the team, echoing Cheika and Hooper's views that this breach was a particularly minor one, despite the pair being two of the more experienced players in the team. "Sometimes the bitter taste and the scars that are left and the things that go against you make you stronger".

"But once it was pointed out to them that the rule was there for a reason, they recognised that they had erred, and they accepted the team and Michael's position".

Bob Dwyer, who coached Australia to the 1991 World Cup title said something needed to happen. You can't help but enjoy that and we'll give back as good as we get.

Since making the World Cup final in 2015, they have gone backwards.

"We have agreed basic principles for next year with a national camp for players so next year we will be as fit as possible".

"We're nine months really until, once we get through Christmas, into the World Cup next year".

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