Australia will be back, says Cheika

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WORLD Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer wants the cap threshold for overseas players reviewed to bolster the struggling Wallabies' depth, impressed by the likes of a transformed Will Skelton.

While calls for Cheika to be dumped immediately are growing louder by the day after the team's embarrassing end to their European campaign, former Wallabies think he will probably survive, if only because there are less than 10 months before the start of next year's World Cup in Japan and no obvious successor.

Australia will also be without the injured David Pocock on Saturday, with Cheika confirming Peter Samu as the experienced number eight's replacement.

"We have had an inconsistent season because we have often taken short cuts when we have needed to go harder and get to the well a little bit more.

No third parties are involved, it's just inside of our team", said Cheika. They've lost 11 of their past 15 when you go back to the successive hammerings they suffered to England and Scotland at the end of a year ago.

Speaking on Sky Racing's Big Sports Breakfast radio show, Burke said that the controversial head coach had led the Wallabies to lose the respect of their rivals. We need to make sure we've got our Super teams in a place where they can perform consistently over this Super Rugby tournament because that's what builds the platform for Wallaby success both in the performances they have, learning how to win, being confident and playing good rugby.

At the very least assistant coaches Nathan Grey and Stephen Larkham, who look after attack and defence respectively, are very likely to go.

"They are the small things we need to clamp down on".

"Two, they won't sack him because he runs the joint over there".

"In terms of will Michael Cheika stay?"

"When the chips are down the leader has to step up", Dwyer said.

Cannon said Scott Johnson, now Scotland director of rugby, was his favoured candidate to coach the Wallabies should the board decide Cheika must go.

Cheika said Pocock wouldn't miss a beat in his preparation. "If they don't want to then I'll find another sport".

Prior to Friday's extraordinary press conference, Cheika had engaged in some rather more traditional pre-match talk by suggesting England would look to tackle Australia's play-makers late or "post delivery (ie after they had passed or kicked)".

It has been revealed over recent days that the team ended the season with strained relations, mostly over perceptions of a double standard on team discipline.

The Wallabies arrived in London on Sunday, and Cheika said the leadership group approached him on Tuesday to penalise Beale and Ashley-Cooper for breaching team protocol.