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Michael Jones launches investigation into behaviour of Moore, Fardy

30th April, 2016
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The dramatic saga developing at the Brumbies has taken a new twist this week with the Daily Telegraph reporting that CEO Michael Jones has launched a workplace investigation into the conduct of players Stephen Moore and Scott Fardy.

Jones has been in the process of what looks to be a messy break-up with the Brumbies over the past month, and just a short time ago won a court battle to retain his job under temporary whistleblower protection despite the intention of the Brumbies board to stand him down.

He has since been in mediation with the Brumbies board as they look to finalise a deal that would see him step away from the team, but while there was some speculation on Friday that this was nearing fruition, this new development casts further doubt on that.

While the Brumbies have attempted to keep the in-office drama from affecting the team’s competitive ability in this 2016 Super Rugby season, the launching of an investigation against two players including the captain will break down that barrier and could cause problems on field.

That’s a real problem as the Brumbies this week come up against the reigning Super Rugby champions the Highlanders in a match that could prove vital to their fortunes this season.

Jones said in a radio interview in March “If I go to war it’s going to be ugly, and there’s going to be a lot of people who are going to get burnt by it.” So far, he is certainly living up to that promise, and causing plenty of headaches for the Brumbies.

At this stage however it seems likely that he will eventually walk away from his position, given he has now alienated both the board and the playing group. The remaining question is, how will it happen, and how much more damage will be caused before it does?