Cheika: Bans build our cul­ture

The Rugby Paper - - Autumn Internationals -

AUS­TRALIA coach Michael Cheika said Kurt­ley Beale and Adam Ash­ley-Cooper were guilty of ‘a small er­ror of judge­ment’ af­ter they were left out of the squad to face Eng­land.

The pair re­port­edly in­vited three women to their ho­tel af­ter de­feat by Wales a fort­night ago.

“It’s a rel­a­tively mi­nor team rule. It could be com­pared to not mak­ing cur­few or be­ing late to train,” said Cheika.

How­ever Cheika in­sisted the pair’s pun­ish­ment was es­sen­tial to build a win­ning cul­ture.

“Ob­vi­ously there is dis­ap­point­ment and they are dis­ap­pointed too,” he said.

“They were very apolo­getic, they re­alised their er­ror and they have been try­ing to help the play­ers get ready for the game.

“It may have been eas­ier to say, ‘here are a cou­ple of great play­ers, let’s make sure they’re in the team be­cause we need a win at all costs’. We’ve been un­der a heap of heat and we’ve stayed solid and able to still make strong de­ci­sions.”

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