On one hand, Kiwis say it is a challenge, but then when the opposition accept the challenge and respond... they are immediately branded as direspectful.
It was good to watch, and it is good for the game. I am sure the players performing the haka didn't mind... challenge accepted.
Q1. Haven't the ARU said they did the appropriate backgrounding and her credentials were not in question? So cross Q1 off... unless you seriously want a sticky beak at everything yourself...
Q2. Who exactly cares? Who are the players that had an issue with Di on the tour/team? Because Reds players had no issue of her, and had a history of working with her... as Combsey said, Digby publicly thank her. CLL and Tomane backed her and think highly of her, so you can cross off the Brumbies players. Hodgson, Higgers and Carter haven't said anything... So just what is the issue with her role, and who has a problem with it? Everyone else was on board, and by the bits and pieces I read, it seems she was a trouble shooter.
Q3 The ace in the hole should have come out earlier I agree. Imagine the blow up in June!! Holy smokes.
Maybe it was common decency? All speculation of course, but maybe McKenzie wasn't required at the dinner, it was a team one, and he wanted the players there to bond? Maybe he was getting a report from her regarding issues ongoing within the team, and there was no other time, given she was flying home.
Q6. Nosey aren't you?
Q7. I agree. Seems odd, but again, imagine if the texts came out in June.
Q8. Pretty unsubstantiated call that one. If true, inappropriate time. IF TRUE.
I agree, I would like the whole story, but I am not hanging anyone but Beale... IF HIS TEXTS TURN OUT TO BE SENT BY HIM. If that is the case, he must be sacked, regardless of any other circumstances.
Yeah, I didn't have much faith in CLL, but he really did play very well, and I admit I was very wrong about him.
I thought he played the second 5/8 role better than Toomua does. Toomua plays too much at first receiver, trying to be a "second" 10, but CLL, he played very well, and wasn't always trying to get into 10 spot... he ran when he should have, passed when he should have, defender really very well.