Cheika to know if he's to be disciplined over 'cheats' call
WALLABY coach Michael Cheika will know on Wednesday if he will face disciplinary action over his outburst at Twickenham on Saturday.
Six Nations Rugby tournament and operations director Jon Davis is officially investigating whether the Cheika's grandstand outburst has crossed the line as misconduct.
Cheika showed his frustration after Michael Hooper had a hotly debated "try” disallowed for offside against England last weekend.
His outburst from the open-air coaches' box in the grandstand was lip-read as "f***ing cheats” .
The expletive is of minor concern considering England coach Eddie Jones twice dropped the F-bomb from the same grandstand just a week earlier and simply apologised without it even warranting official mention.
The word cheat is the issue for Cheika although lip-reading is an imperfect art because "f***ing genius” has now been bandied about as an alternative interpretation.
"I'm aware of it. It's being looked at but it's too early to give away any detail,” Davis told told News Corp Australia.
Davis did not watch the match live and said he was relying on video footage to gauge how far to take the matter.
An official statement was later released that appeared to broaden the scope on Cheika's overall behaviour.
"Following various media reports and a referral from World Rugby, the disciplinary officer for the autumn internationals is investigating comments and conduct attributed to the head coach of the Australian national team, Michael Cheika, during the match between England and Australia at Twickenham on Saturday,” the statement said.
An update will be issued early on Wednesday.
French vice-captain Yoann Maestri, who was fined $47,000 in March for criticising English referee Wayne Barnes and saying "Anglo-Saxon referees think we're cheats” in a direct answer to media questioning after a France-Wales Test.
England coach Eddie Jones was unaware of Cheika's remark when asked post-Test, a week after he'd apologised for his own language following poor English play against Argentina.
"I didn't see it. I was trying to stop myself from self-combusting,” Jones said.
"It's the world we're under, mate. We choose it, we choose to do this job. No one makes us do this job and we have to find ways of controlling our frustration.”
Cheika was subjected to unacceptable abuse from a fan as he walked through the grandstand down to the sideline near the end of the Test, lost 30-6.
"There are plenty of fans giving me a gobful, I can assure you. And not nice, not pleasant but that is the way it goes,” Cheika said after the Test.
The Wallabies face another cauldron at Murrayfield early on Saturday against Scotland who had a 22-17 loss to the All Blacks last weekend.