Izzy, Gai, and Singo hold court in Sydney

David Lord Columnist

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    Israel Folau of the NSW Waratahs looks to pass the ball. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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    It’s hard to decide who is the biggest sporting story in Sydney right now – Israel Folau, or the massive ding between Gai Waterhouse, and John Singleton.

    It’s a photo finish.

    Folau has taken the Super Rugby scene by storm, so much so his dwindling number of knockers call him Izzy.

    He has given a growing band of fans, even outside the Waratahs, a lot of pleasure carving up the opposition to score and set up spectacular tries.

    But there’s nothing joyous in the Gai-Singo ding that has rocked the racing world to its very foundations. Both are high-profile and very much at the core of a massive industry.

    Let’s kick off with the rugby;

    Izzy, where is he going, what is his future? It’s high time for ARU boss Bill Pulver to find out.

    At the moment, Izzy has a one-year contact with the Tahs. Not good enough.

    He’s the hottest new property in rugby, and the World Cup is three years away. That’s the starting point.

    Izzy is obviously enjoying his rugby, and has made the appropriate comments of wanting to stay around a lot longer.

    Make it happen Bill Pulver – get his signature on the dotted line until the end of 2015 at the worst.

    Today sounds good.

    Izzy is managed by Isaac Moses of the Titan Management group, good people with Warren Craig and David Riolo as co-directors.

    Moses should be told by Pulver one-year contracts are not acceptable to the ARU, nor the Wallaby selectors. There’s no security for rugby in 12-month deals, two more years minimum or forget it.

    And that would mean no Lions caps this season, no Rugby Championship, nor end of year tour.

    Rugby admin must learn the 15-man code is not a launching pad to bigger and better contracts elsewhere. Rugby stands on its own two feet these days, and must protect itself from being used as it was in the 50 years prior to professionalism.

    Izzy and his manager will see the two-way benefits in an extra two-year contract, and everyone will be happy.

    Unfortunately, the Sport of Kings hasn’t such an easy way out of the Gai-Singo dispute. When two heavyweights clash there’s always a lot of pain.

    And it looks as though what we know is just the tip of the iceberg. That alone sends shivers up the spine.

    So it’s obviously far too early to even make a suggestion.

    But one thing for certain, the ding must be settled far sooner than later.

    The longer the hearings and innuendos go the collateral damage could well be devastating.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn?t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world?s great sporting spectacles

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    • May 8th 2013 @ 9:09am
      Worlds Biggest said | May 8th 2013 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      Lordy, couldn’t agree more regarding Izzy. If he doesn’t committ to rugby now for at least 2 years then no Wallaby selection for the Wallabies including Lions series.

      Where is Bill Pulver btw ? He needs to send a clear message re this.

    • May 8th 2013 @ 11:55am
      Gerry@YourLawnAndGarden said | May 8th 2013 @ 11:55am | ! Report

      The Gai Singo debacle is not a pretty sight but people seem to find the funny side to things, check this out at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=503068063079992&set=pb.359074060812727.-2207520000.1367978010.&type=3&theater

      • May 8th 2013 @ 1:27pm
        BigAl said | May 8th 2013 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

        This whole ‘debacle’ is a cracker ! I laugh and laugh and laugh everytime I read an update.

        What with the characters involved, what’s at issue and the quotes coming out, it’s worthy of a Hollywood comedy – or better still one of those classic Ealing Studio efforts from England in the fifties.

    • May 9th 2013 @ 8:43pm
      Richard said | May 9th 2013 @ 8:43pm | ! Report

      Shouldn’t the biggest sporting story be the inept, irresponsible, dumb, or whatever words you want to use to describe the Cronulla sharks approach to the ASADA inquiry? Izzy, great story and hope he sticks with rugby. A supremely gifted athlete. Waterhouses versus SIngo – despite the endless quotes yes it does have important ramifications for horse racing but honestly I don’t see anything major coming from it. But the Sharks, well we have the AUstralian arm of the global doping authority investigating them and they don’t appear to understand or appreciate the potential severity of the situation. After John Fahey’s comments, I would be fronting up…and in a suit and tie. The NRL needs to act here. For me, this is the big news story that sadly is becoming a train crash waiting to happen.

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