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Defiant Cheika says slumping Australia will be back

Defiant Cheika says slumping Australia will be back

After their latest loss, a 37-18 defeat to England at Twickenham, Burke, who won the 1999 World Cup with the Wallabies, said Cheika should be under more pressure from Rugby Australia than he is.

"We've got to make this team better and stop making the small excuses, 'I didn't understand that that would be, I thought that would be okay, '".

"We've got one of the best doctors in world sport in Nathan Gibbs".

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.

The embarrassing episode comes amid increasing pressure on Cheika, whose role as Australian coach is hanging by a thread.

"If you haven't been good enough, or the bounce of the ball or something like that can occur, you've got to have faith inside of your own team, and then outside of the team, because at the end of the day that's the team we support".

"I haven't spoken to (Beale or Ashley-Cooper), I've spoken to Hoops and to Michael (Cheika), but as far as I'm concerned it's not something I need to get involved with", she said.

On the matter of the review, Cheika said: "Sometimes you've got to review, you've got to look back and you've got to see what is working, what is not working and what can I do differently".

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"There's a lot of great people in our team and a lot of great things happening behind the scenes that right now aren't turning themselves into wins but we'll turn them into wins next year".

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper denied there was any disunity in the camp and added: "When we say we're going to put a line in the sand, it's important we stick to that". Ashley-Cooper played his first test in more than two years last weekend against Italy, and Beale was a replacement.

"But inside of a team, I answer to Rugby Australia".

They simply can't afford to do nothing, not least because their supporter base is disillusioned and angry.

"So our leadership group came to me about it earlier in the week and asked me to deal with it in a way I thought appropriate".

Despite it being a year to forget, Cheika insists there are still reasons to be optimistic.

"He just made a mistake like any other player would", Cheika said.

Pete Samu was promoted from the reserves, and wing Marika Koroibete, who scored two tries against Italy, was brought into the reserves.

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