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Hi, I am a qualified journalist who has been involved in Web writing. I wish to return to writing sports commentary,in particular rugby.

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Yes I suspected as much, the embarrassing pod cast with Dan Carter was another attempt to raise up his low rugby profile. Unfortunately for him, the monumental failure with the Wallabies makes him hard to sell as viable coach. Modern professional sport is all about success and when you have the worst win loss record ever, and you rank last on the Wallaby coach list who would want him?

Cheika: I should’ve quit before the World Cup

To be honest this is a sad reflection of a failed coach who was out of his depth at the highest level of rugby. Top international sides will punish you badly for your mistakes. As the loses kept coming so did the excuses. Not once in any comments made by this man have I seen him take responsibility. This lack of reality and grounding, as well as an average understanding of tactics lead to the very mediocre Wallaby results that made fans cringe. He is still making money from rugby even though he’s supposed to be with an Nrl team. As the Wallabies worst coach ever statistically, we seem to be unable to shake the failed legacy he’s created. There was talk in this article about him leading another international side. In all honesty I find this hard to believe. To be honest what he gets putting out the cones at the Roosters would be a far cry from what he was paid at RA. I think these articles maybe an attempt to resurrect a failed coaching career. I just somehow don’t think he realises the damage he’s done to the green and gold. He is a delusional individual who seems to be looking for pity. His steady stream of losses has made it hard to close a broadcasting deal. He must take the lion share responsibility for this. Waffling on in articles and pods with a sad look on your face just makes you look weak and pathetic. He kept his coaching career going simply for monetary reason, destroying the game he supposedly loved.

Cheika: I should’ve quit before the World Cup

Have you seen his latest load of flannel blaming RA for having a selection panel limiting his options. It’s in The Times, what a joke. And yes he would of been paid for that interview.

Michael Cheika calls for Super Rugby overhaul

Michelle Gunn is the editor of the Australian I don’t believe she has any great axe to grind. Your conspiracy theory is not based on fact. The game of rugby here in Australia is in a sorry financial state and as long as people don’t see the problems, it won’t be fixed until it goes bankrupt. News Corp has no interest financially at all. Many people out their like myself are horrified by the financial wastage of the last ten years. RA doesn’t even own a stadium, nothing, can’t even pay it it’s players, it’s a disgrace to professional sport. And changing chairs on the Titanic won’t help its cause.

Reds players need a wake-up call

I am aware of media penalties etc, the loss of money on broadcast negotiators isn’t cool for the Australian rugby public and supporters. I am not a fan of Alan Jones either, although he was a better coach than Cheika. I’ll be honest I don’t think News Corp or anyone else are desperate to take over RA, it’s a problem child no one wants ask Optus.

Reds players need a wake-up call

Do you understand liable laws within media if that wasn’t true would have to be withdrawn and or sued, its true, RA is a defunct wasteful organisation who is at this point technically bankrupt as it owns nothing and has borrowed money to even function.

Reds players need a wake-up call

I thought he was with league now? But alas no such luck he remains milking rugby with embarrassing podcasts and ridiculous articles with average ideas. Carrying the water bucket and sponge should have been as far as he ever got coaching lol

Michael Cheika calls for Super Rugby overhaul

Well put somehow an ineffective RA board has managed to deflect its inadequacies and start blaming players for not accepting huge paycut. It’s the boards job to make sure it can cover it wages not the government. RA couldn’t borrow against anything as I’m aware it owns nothing at all. NZRU is a 5 percent share holder in Sky TV at least.

Reds players need a wake-up call

Wwwthe australian and other publications was released by Castle herself. Are you surprised they could that useless don’t be.

Reds players need a wake-up call

Yes hard to believe that would be the case, but RA is a special beast with ideas that can be hard to comprehend. Especially when the negotiations Could have been done by CEO and Chairman for just their wages.

Reds players need a wake-up call

A ban for life for players who choose to opt out of a failing rugby model, with RA bungling around losing millions, then failing to pay its players? Covid 19 exposed RA’s shocking financial mess.It was caught with its pants down. I fail to see why players should be banned. Most likely others will follow. If you remove the emotions this whole mess lies at the feet of RA.

The Wallabies should ban Hockings and Lucas for life

You have got that right, from an organisation that was already hemorrhaging money, to waste such sums is inexcusable. How can a group get so many things wrong so often. The ludicrous state it has found itself in should never of been allowed to happen. Where were the financial checks and balances.

Reds players need a wake-up call

I couldn’t have said better, a ” disgrace” to Wallaby rugby.He was a handicap to the Wallabies turning good players into mediocre ones. Then to cap it all off runs away to league after milking the RA for everything he could. Then has great ideas to transform the game he helped ruin. It beggars belief.

Michael Cheika calls for Super Rugby overhaul

Apparently so and there ended up no deal go figure!!

Reds players need a wake-up call

Worst coach in the history of Wallaby rugby should hang his head in shame, he has played a significant part in where the Wallabies are today.

Michael Cheika calls for Super Rugby overhaul

Why is it ill informed across the Tasman he was regarded as a comical figure. Then runs away to league who cares what he has to say should have been sacked before his failure at 2019 World Cup, worst coach Wallabies have ever had, stats don’t lie..

Michael Cheika calls for Super Rugby overhaul

Michael Cheika calls for Super Rugby overhaul

They have had a dose of reality, RA shocking mismanagement finances and subsequently their wages. Millions of dollars lost and wasted. 1 million spent on a broker to negotiate broadcast deal that failed, and so on and so on.

Reds players need a wake-up call

Of recent times there have been players burgling extended careers with mediocre performances, weather you are seen as a stalwart of the game or not irrelevant . You also had a coach doing it to Cheika dreadful, then runs away to league. There needs to be a far more competitive environment for Wallabies to improve, not job for life attitude.

The Wallabies should ban Hockings and Lucas for life

What I personally think isn’t really that relevant to be honest. The fact is that players are leaving RA. I believe more players unfortunately will go with this pay schedule as overseas teams make offers. The failure of RA to have a solid financial position to cover wages etc is not the player fault.It is financial mismanagement. In Nz they have only had a 30 percent cut. Reality is some players will not sit around losing money waiting for RA to get its act together, that is professional sport. For what it’s worth I am a Reds supporter and do go to watch games regularly.

It's time for Rugby Australia to cut players some slack

I do agree with your summary of the Giteau situation. Brad Thorn is still relatively new to coaching and it would be a shame to let this situation harm the team any more than necessary, that was my point.

It's time for Rugby Australia to cut players some slack

It will be interesting how Thorn responds to this latest challenge. It will define him as a coach. The Red’s need to put it behind them and re- focus.

It's time for Rugby Australia to cut players some slack

To be fair I’m unaware of the state of the Japanese Rugby competition, from what I can gather that was a likely destination. Individual teams around the world can vary in their financial position depending on their ownership. I’m sure Racing in France for example isn’t down to its last dollar so to speak.

It's time for Rugby Australia to cut players some slack

I believe they are destined for Japan, however from what I have seen France is still powering on with its rugby program. People I know who have played there have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

It's time for Rugby Australia to cut players some slack

Yes I agree, same as in any work place why would you stay in a job where there are issues and reduced pay. To be honest I’m surprised more players haven’t opted out due to the uncertain environment with RA. Why would young players who could potentially earn 4 to 50000 dollars in Japan opt for the dole and reduced contracts, not saying its good or bad for the game its just a reality.

It's time for Rugby Australia to cut players some slack