The reports of Tuqiri’s demise have been singularly lacking in detail. Some of the press suggests this is not good for the game. There should be transparency in decisions of this nature, is the argument.
Some say Lote was on the way out, anyway, what with Hynes, Turner, Ashley-Cooper and Michell being ahead of him on the pecking order.
Perhaps, though, there is good reason for the secrecy.
Sometimes justice can only be done when the facts stay between the opponents to an argument. Every day there are courts which suppress the evidence heard by it. Very embarrassing things should not always be public knowledge.
Just look, for example, at the recent league player who has been stood down for defecating in a pub he was staying in. How does the public knowing that help anyone?
Not that I suggest for an instant that Lote did something embarrassing.
But these things can happen.
The fact that he may have been on the downhill slide from a selection point of view is irrelevant. A standard of behaviour should apply regardless of ability. Otherwise, a fringe selction player might get the boot when a 50 Test veteran does the same thing and stays.
If the behaviour is bad, it’s bad. He has a bad off-field disciplinary record.
On occasion, a straw can break a camel’s back.
All in all, the matter is intriguing, but really none of our business just yet until the ARU or Lote makes it public.
But, London to a brick, his next employer will want to know all about it.