Wallabies aren't risking Pocock: Cheika

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The under-fire coach seemed surprised that he would have to front the Rugby Australia board and give a season review, believing he did that after the third Bledisloe Cup last month.

"The leadership group came to me earlier in the week and asked me to deal with it in a way I thought was appropriate and I thought this was the appropriate way".

Cheika - who was world coach of the year in 2015 having pulled a demoralised squad up by its bootstraps in lss than a year and guided them to the World Cup final - said painful experiences in rugby is part and parcel of the sport just as it is in life.

You've seen by their involvement in the week and even today they want nothing else but the team to win tomorrow.

Australia coach Michael Cheika is sure his side will not be affected by pre-match disciplinary measures when they face England on Saturday.

"Some might consider [dropping the players] a bit too harsh, but I think that the leaders showed a lot of courage coming to me to point it out because they want to set a standard here, and to make the decision is hard for the lads".

"It's a relatively minor team rule we have".

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Cheika said Pocock wouldn't miss a beat in his preparation. "Sometimes the bitter taste and the scars that are left and the things that go against you make you stronger".

"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", she told Australian reporters in London.

"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 rules in place, you've got a line in the sand, and that's the line in the sand that Michael has used and you've got to live by it.

"They can't sit back and let this decline continue without someone deciding to take the bull by the horns, say this is unacceptable and we need to do something to turn it around", Cannon said.

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.

Bob Dwyer, who coached Australia to the 1991 World Cup title said something needed to happen.

"We are down to seventh in the world after starting at number three". Most of what gets under your skin is the stuff that is not true'.

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