Matt Burke joins calls for Michael Cheika's head

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Australia head coach Michael Cheika discusses leaving Kurtley Beale off the Wallaby 23 to face England, on a game day when the team wears a special indigenous jersey.

Australia coach Michael Cheika says he will assess his own performance after a disappointing year for the Wallabies as the Australian Rugby Union refused to rule out changes to his backroom staff.

Ashley-Cooper and Beale were stood down by Cheika after the team's leadership group told the coach of the pair breaching team protocol by inviting friends back to their hotel room after the Wallaibes' 9-6 loss to Wales.

"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.

The Brumbies star will need to get through Friday's captain's run to cement his spot but Cheika said team doctor Nathan Gibbs had to agree before he could name Pocock.

"If the skipper says that's not happening or that's the team rule no matter what it is, you go against it no matter what it is, whether in this instance it was a family member or whatever it is, doesn't matter, that's the rule".

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

Beale and Ashley-Cooper have 83 and 117 caps respectively and Hooper said approaching Cheika about the situation was one of the most hard moments of his captaincy.

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"You can criticise a coach but if your system is not right then you have to look at the system", Jones said.

Turning his focus to Saturday's game, Cheika said: "I suppose [we do have our] backs to the wall, but the players are committed to going to the well more than they have at any stage this season".

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

He has been playing in the number eight position to accommodate Hooper on the flank, but has won the majority of his 77 caps on the side of the scrum.

Bob Dwyer, who coached Australia to the 1991 World Cup title said something needed to happen. You know, we've got big goals as a team.

Both players have faced off-field punishments in the past but Castle said that played no factor in the discussions around this latest incident.

"Guys who we think are going to be in the World Cup squad and other guys who are competition for other players at different levels".

"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, '".

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