Castle "100 per cent" backs Cheika call on Ashley-Cooper, Beale

AFP | Australia coach Michael Cheika is to assess his own performance in what has been a poor year results wise for the Wallabies

The painful experiences Australia have endured this year will be transformed into victories next year promised a defiant Wallabies coach Michael Cheika following the 37-18 defeat by England at Twickenham on Saturday.

"No third parties are involved - it's just inside our team", Cheika said at Twickenham on Friday afternoon.

As a result, calls for Rugby Australia to sack Cheika have grown louder, with the RA board reportedly meeting on December 10 for another performance review.

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.

Michael Cheika has denied he tried to cover up the real reason for Kurtley Beale's surprise axing from the Wallabies team, after it emerged he was dropped for allowing women into his hotel room.

"Some might consider it a bit too harsh, the leaders showed a lot of courage coming to me to point it out because they want to set a standard here".

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"The leadership team came to me".

"You can criticise a coach but if your system is not right then you have to look at the system", Jones said.

"It's a minor thing that's in the team code".

Cheika said Pocock wouldn't miss a beat in his preparation.

Turning his focus to Saturday's game, Cheika said: "I suppose [we do have our] backs to the wall, but the players are committed to going to the well more than they have at any stage this season". '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.

'They've taken that as senior players as you'd expect them to and they support the team rules that are in place'.

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"It's been a tough one this year", said Hooper.

The Wallabies will play only five Tests before the 2019 World Cup kicks off in Japan.

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

"He wanted another day, which obviously you'll afford to a guy like him because he knows his body better than anyone and had prepared better than anyone - but he couldn't overcome it".

He said it had been a bad year, but was convinced Australia weren't that far off the mark and pointed out the Wallabies had been hit by injuries to key players throughout the year.

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

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