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Australia coach Michael Cheika insists the breach of discipline that led to Adam Ashley-Cooper and Kurtley Beale being dropped for Saturday's Test against England was only a minor one, but nevertheless worthy of sanction.

Despite being axed, Ashley-Cooper and Beale, who have 200 caps between them, took part in the Wallabies' training session at Twickenham on Friday with Cheika saying they were apologetic.

The Wallabies have a strict team rule banning guests in hotel rooms and though the women were believed to be Ashley-Cooper's sister-in-law and two friends, who left well before midnight, it was considered a breach.

Former Wallabies fullback Matt Burke says coach Michael Cheika has too much control over Rugby Australia after a dismal 2018.

"We're able to still make strong decisions where it may have been easier to say, "well here are a couple of great players, let's make sure they're in the team because we need a win at all costs".

"I know that's your mentality to think everything is a cover-up, but it's not, I want to be really clear". And I thought this was the appropriate way. "(But) once it comes out and there's whispers, then I have to set the record straight, which is what I'm doing".

"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".

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.

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

"At the end of the day you've got to call it, and they did, and I support that".

"There's different times where we bring our families into the hotel and things like that but this was different", Cheika told reporters.

Having been impressed by the likes of Will Skelton, who has been transformed since joining Saracens from the Waratahs past year, Dwyer also believes the improved condition and form of some players overseas is an "indictment" on the Australian Super Rugby scene.

"There's no doubt the review process of this Wallabies season is important", Castle said.

"They're playing blokes out of position".

"We're all together in this". Where they said that about us.

"My start point is not a half glass empty view of that".

"From the minute the whistle blew on the last World Cup final there was only one possible outcome on the next one for us and that's winning", he said.


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