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"No, I don't think there is a divide whatsoever".

Australia backs Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper were dropped for Saturday's match against England at Twickenham after bringing women into their hotel room earlier on tour, coach Michael Cheika confirmed Friday.

Former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer said it was time for Cheika to stand up and deliver.

The embarrassing episode comes amid increasing pressure on Cheika, whose role as Australian coach is hanging by a thread.

"I think we need to have a really hard look at how our players are being prepared here and not just hand them over to the Wallabies with a week or a fortnight before the test series starts and say 'over to you, they're all yours now'".

Australia's leadership group discussed the issue in the lead-up to the Italy Test before bringing it to Cheika on Tuesday, who decided a one-match suspension was appropriate but that it would be dealt with inside team walls.

It is believed one of the women who visited the team hotel in Cardiff was Ashley-Cooper's sister-in-law, but Cheika insisted the pair's punishment was essential to build a winning culture.

"I don't want it to be seen like a carry on but the justification that Rodda tried to take him on with his shoulder is ludicrous", Cheika said.

"You'd have to talk to her about those things", he said.

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He went on to compare their system with those of more successful sides.

"It's a minor thing that's in the team code".

"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".

"He wanted another day, which obviously you'll afford to a guy like him because he knows his body better than anyone and had prepared better than anyone - but he couldn't overcome it".

Some reporters have led the calls for Cheika to lose his job, and news he has lost control of two senior players is likely to alert the Australian Rugby Union.

"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.

It seems unlikely there will be any overhaul of the Wallabies environment but Castle said the review would be pivotal heading into a World Cup year.

"If you're not happy with the outcomes, which clearly we're not, then we've got to address the playing performance or the coaching performance or both but we can't address nothing", Dwyer said. Where they said that about us.

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