Australia drop Ashley-Cooper and Beale for bringing women into hotel room

Arnold Nichols
November 26, 2018

Beale and Ashley-Cooper, who have a combined 200 caps, invited women to their hotel room after losing to Wales 9-6 on November 10 in Cardiff.

The real reason playmaker Kurtley Beale was shockingly dropped by Wallabies boss Michael Cheika for this weekend's clash with England at Twickenham has emerged.

They did leave the Newport hotel by 10:30pm but guests are prohibited from being in players' rooms.

"There's a lot of people that need to be held to account, Michael Cheika isn't the only one", he said.

Cheika said he was working hard behind the scenes with the CEOs and coaches of Australia's Super Rugby teams in attempt to ensure the players were able to give their best, at the best time, for the national team.

"I thought I needed to take action", Cheika said.

"It was Adam Ashley-Cooper's sister-in-law with two friends", FitzSimons said.

"One thing we've had this year is we've been really solid, in the face of a lot of adversity".

AFP  Adrian DENNIS Australia have finished the year with just four wins in their 13 Tests the worst they have fared since 1995
AFP Adrian DENNIS Australia have finished the year with just four wins in their 13 Tests the worst they have fared since 1995

"Maybe [we're] not ideal now, don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming to be the king of anything, we've got a long way to go". Cheika says that's important, but doesn't mean he'll select an indigenous Australian because of it.

"We love coming out here and playing; we're going to cop a heap of grief, probably a little bit more after today for sure, but you've got to love it".

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

The flank added: "That's the direction we've got to go, these small steps to putting the team first are going to have a great outcome in the end".

He also apparently took issue with the breath of some of the Wallabies.

Speaking to reporters earlier in the week, Castle said there would be a usual review process once the Wallabies returned to Australia, with any changes to be made before Christmas. They are fully supportive of what we have done.

"The leadership group came to see 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. They realised the error in their judgement and they've been very, very proactive in trying to help the other players get ready for tomorrow's game". To not get there this time is disappointing for him and the team.

Instead, because of the breach, Cheika has been forced to pick two specialist wingers in Sefanaia Naivalu and Marika Koroibete as reserves, leaving their playmaking stocks vulnerable should Matt Toomua or Bernard Foley get injured.


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