The fall-out from the England-Australia rugby test last weekend looks set to continue with World Rugby announcing they are to investigate the conduct of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.
England ran out 30-6 winners in Twickenham last Saturday after prolonged build-up with both coaches taking opportunities to criticise each other. Cheika accused England of late hits on half-backs prior to the game which prompted England coach Eddie Jones to respond accusing him of a lack of respect.
During the game Cheika was incensed by a number of referee decisions and was captured swearing, sarcastically clapping the official and getting into an argument with an English fan. Today World Rugby have confirmed they are investigating the matter:
Following various media reports and a referral from World Rugby, the comments and conduct attributed to Michael Cheika are being investigated. An update will be issued tomorrow [Tuesday]
Cheika gave a touchy post-match interview where he reacted angrily to suggests he called the referee a cheat during the game:
— Scott Rollinson (@ScottRollinson) November 18, 2017
Twice during the game he walked down from the coaches box to the sideline to express his displeasure with a refereeing decision.
Last week Eddie Jones apologised after he was caught on camera in an expletive-ridden rant. When speaking to the press after Saturday's game he joked he left it to Cheika to fill that void:
I didn’t throw a pen today, I didn’t swear ... I thought I would even up that with the other box.