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Michael Cheika could face disciplinary action

Australia head coach Michael Cheika could face disciplinary action after an expletive-filled outburst at Twickenham was caught on TV.

The news that video footage is being studied to decide if Cheika came out with what he is alleged to have said comes a week after England head coach Eddie Jones apologised for a verbal obscenity of his own.

Cheika could be in trouble after being caught on camera using the alleged swear word and the word "cheats" during his side's 30-6 loss to England at Twickenham on Saturday.

A disciplinary officer's post-match report will inform both the Rugby Football Union and the Australian Rugby Union if any action is to be taken against the 50-year-old from Sydney.

The alleged incident came after a Michael Hooper try was disallowed and Cheika, who also became involved in a heated exchange with a fan during the match, said: "That's my own way of dealing with stuff. I like to get it out and get on with it."

If Cheika has a case to answer, he would have to appear in front of a disciplinary hearing before Australia's match against Scotland match on Saturday.

French vice-captain Yoann Maestri was fined 30,000 euros by a Six Nations disciplinary committee for a similar "cheats" comment he made following a match in March between France and Wales that ran for almost 100 minutes.

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