Australia's David Pocock out of England clash with neck injury

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   Michael Cheika has too much power according to Wallabies great Matthew Burke

TIM IRELAND AP Michael Cheika has too much power according to Wallabies great Matthew Burke

"I think disarray is a little bit harsh", replied Cheika.

It is alleged that both Beale and Ashley-Cooper brought women back to the team hotel after Australia's 9-6 loss to Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff two week's ago.

Rugby Australia has backed Cheika until his contract expires at the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Australia have suffered significant disruption after their breakdown master David Pocock was ruled out of Saturday's final November worldwide against England at Twickenham and two players were not considered for a breach of team protocol.

The breach of protocol by Beale, 29, and 34-year-old Ashley-Cooper, who have 200 caps between them, was reported by other players to team captain Michael Hooper's leadership group.

The Wallabies have a strict rule that no guests are allowed to be brought back to hotel rooms.

IT was put to Michael Cheika after the Wallabies' record sixth successive defeat to England, ending their worst year, that he must be glad 2018 is finished. "He trained a bit on Thursday and his neck was really quite sore", Cheika said.

World Cup-winning fullback Matt Burke also believes that Cheika has too much power, saying he is basically untouchable due to his standing within head office.

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Asked if she'd spoken to the pair, Castle said she didn't feel the issue was one she needed to be involved with, considering the issue an internal team matter.

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.

"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".

"You've got to say that the team is more important than any of the individuals and that's the way it is".

"I didn't hear that", Hooper said.

Instead, Jones has placed blame on Rugby Australia for maintaining a flawed system which, for some time, has lacked control and seen an imbalance of power among Super Rugby clubs.

"We are down to seventh in the world after starting at number three". Sure enough they won 10 of their next 11 games to sweep into the World Cup final where they pushed New Zealand all the way.

"There's a lot of great people in our team and great stuff going on behind the scenes and we will turn the pain into wins next year".

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