Michael Cheika Launches Stinging Attack On England Player
Michael Cheika has accused England’s Dan Cole of scrummaging illegally “since his career started.”
Cheika and England boss Eddie Jones have been in a war of words all week as they prepare to lock horns at Twickenham this weekend.
Jones aired his concerns with the Wallabies’ scrum tactics straight after his England side’s 27-14 win over Argentina on Saturday, and now Cheika has hit back.
“He wants to talk about our scrum because we’re cheating in the scrum, an important thing to note is he’s got to look at his own players,” Cheika said.
Targeting Cole, who was sin-binned in England’s win over Argentina on Saturday, Cheika continued:
“They are the ones who have a prop with a yellow card.
“That same prop’s been infringing the law since his career started probably, if not all of this year.”
England boss Jones declared straight after the Argentina victory that he would seek a meeting with Jaco Peyper, the man to referee the Australia clash, to discuss what he considers the Wallabies’ illegal scrum tactics.
Cheika however, insists he hopes referee Peyper will be able to see through what he considers Jones’ pre-match smokescreen.
“If he thinks the refs are that naive that if he has a go at our scrum they’ll forget about his guy, that’s up to the ref,” said Cheika.
“It’s not up to me. Nothing I can say will make a difference about that.
“It’s up to the referee whether he gets influenced by that.
“The guy (Cole) has been boring in and falling down all of June, that’s his tactic.
Keep your eyes on the scrum this weekend lads. It’s sure to be interesting.