Michael Cheika says some of Australias European-based players may skip the three-Test series against England in June due to their heavy workload through the club season. Cheika spoke to several Wallabies players during a trip to Europe where he watched Six Nations matches, and while they were all keen to play this season it might not be against England.The Australia coach says it is unlikely players who had completed a full European season would be considered for the England series, and would instead be held back for the Rugby Championship later in the year. Among the overseas-based players whose fitness will be managed are France-based backs Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau, prop Sekope Kepu, scrum-half Will Genia and utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper. Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper could be rested for the Wallabies three-Test series against England Guys who have had a full season, its unlikely they will be playing in June and thats a good opportunity for us to get some new players in because were very keen to grow the base of players that can really contribute to the team, Cheika said.The only way to do that is to give them opportunities and then after they (the overseas-based players) have had a bit of a break at the end of their season, well look at selection for the Rugby Championship.Meanwhile, Cheika shrugged off Australias struggles in Super Rugby this season and hit back at critics for being too pessimistic about the local game. The Waratahs have lost four of their opening seven Super Rugby fixtures Four of Australias five Super Rugby teams are in the doldrums, with only the conference-topping Melbourne Rebels exceeding expectations at the midway point of the season.I am not concerned at all, said Cheika. I only see opportunity all the time I watch the boys play.I am not going to say its all going swimmingly. We would like to have a few more wins as a nation, for sure. But one thing I learned in Super Rugby is that the season goes for 18 rounds and there is a still way to run.There is a lot of carry-on from people who have a different agenda or maybe theyve had too many years of negativity and they cant break the cycle, instead of just saying this is a game of footy, I am going to enjoy it. Check out the best tries from round nine of Super Rugby Cheika gave special backing to former captain and flanker Michael Hooper, who was heavily criticised by Australias first World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer as being a non-event in Super Rugby this season.I dont need to go on the record about what I think about Michael Hooper; I think it will be seen through my selections, said Cheika.Watch Englands series in Australia live on Sky Sports 1 HD, starting with the first Test on June 11. Also See: Tomane to miss England clash WATCH: Super Rugby tries Bledisloe Cup game on move? Pumas v Wallabies at Twickenham Bob Griese Dolphins Jersey
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