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Michael Cheika refuses to criticise Sinckler for sledging Australian players

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The nature of the hotel room scandal that rocked the Australian side before Saturday's fixture at Twickenham meant it was always likely to crop up in the aftermath of the 37-18 victory for England to finish what has been a decent Autumn under Eddie Jones.

The scoreline seemed somewhat secondary to the controversy that engulfed the fixture, though.

A group of senior players turned in Adam Ashley-Cooper and Kurtley Beale for bringing three women back to their team hotel room two weeks ago.

The dust, though, is still far from being settled. Consequently, the two were dropped for Saturday’s game at Twickenham and England prop Kyle Sinckler saw the scrum as an opportunity to ruffle a few Australian feathers.

Live on television during the match, Sinckler could be heard saying: “You're all ****ing snitches anyway," he continued. "This is a man's game."

However, Australian coach Cheika didn’t condemn the actions of the England players and instead put it down as a timely attempt to rile up his visiting team.

“You want me to answer a question about a sledge from an England player?” he pondered.

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“It's not kindergarten. I can sledge you on anything I want and be nasty and it may not even be true. That's what sledging is. If you sledge you can use any tactics you want.”

The coach went on to compare the acts with other sports saying that this kind of behaviour is to be expected.

“You've seen the cricket, most of sledging is not true. It's to rile you up and to jab you in the side, that is what it is.

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“I'm not against sledging, if you're into it, if that's what they want to do. Most of what gets under your skin is the stuff that is not true.”

Regardless, Australia have lost their last six matches to England - a run that will only put Cheika under more pressure, with a review of his position set to take place once the tour concludes.

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England Rugby
Australia Rugby
Rugby Union
Kyle Sinckler
Kurtley Beale

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