Richard Cockerill: Dan Cole criticism is daft, says Leicester Tigers boss

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Dan Cole was sin-binned for collapsing a scrum in England's win over Argentina on 26 November
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Australia head coach Michael Cheika's criticism of England and Leicester prop Dan Cole is "daft", says Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

England coach Eddie Jones has asked to meet with referee Jaco Peyper to discuss problems with Australia's scrum before the two sides meet on Saturday.

In reply Cheika has since said that Cole, 29, "has been infringing the law since his career started".

Cockerill said: "You've got to respect Dan, he's had nearly 70 Test matches."

The Tigers chief added: "He's technically very good, stays square, he wants a pushing contest, he's world class and he's proved that over a number of years, so I think it's all a bit daft really.

"He's world class and anybody that thinks different doesn't understand the game well enough."

England boss Jones and Wallabies counterpart Cheika - who were team-mates at Randwick during their playing days - have both been outspoken about scrums ahead of Saturday's Test at Twickenham.

During the summer England handed the Wallabies a historic 3-0 series whitewash.

However, after the first Test in Brisbane, which England won 39-28, Cole's scrummaging was criticised by former Australia coach Bon Dwyer.

The Leicester tight-head was yellow carded after the hosts' scrum conceded a series of penalties during England's 27-14 win over Argentina on Saturday.

But historically England have had the upper hand against Australia in the scrum, and Jones has been keen to highlight the area before Saturday's fourth meeting between the two sides this year.

"They have got some issues with the way that they scrum so we need to have a meeting with the referee," said the England head coach.

"They were penalised four times in a row against France [Australia won 25-23 in Paris] so they have got some technical issues. I am not going to sort them out for them."

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