Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has avoided punishment following an investigation into alleged misconduct during last Saturday’s Test against England.
Cheika was caught mouthing what appeared to be an expletive when a refereeing decision went against Australia, while he twice came down from the coaches box to remonstrate with officials on the touchline.
However, after an investigation into his conduct, disciplinary officials stated that a ‘warning’ was sufficient.
‘Cheika and the Australian Rugby Union cooperated with the investigation, which has now been completed,’ a statement read.
‘In light of Cheika’s explanations of his conduct, his clear understanding of the need to protect and promote the interests of the sport, and his open apology for any offence caused, the disciplinary officer for the autumn Internationals [in consultation with World Rugby] has decided not to pursue any disciplinary proceedings against Cheika.
‘The disciplinary officer has, however, urged Cheika to be aware of the risks during matches when he knows he will be being filmed and potentially broadcast, and where possible to moderate his conduct and language accordingly. Cheika has accepted the position.’