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Keith (no longer) of WA

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Many people forgetting how appointing a ‘saviour’ named Cheika worked out….

Rugby Australia appoint Rob Clarke as interim CEO

knowing who the ‘supporters’ are would be quite instructive as to the motives behind the machinations….

Rugby Australia appoint Rob Clarke as interim CEO

games people play…. I wonder if ‘positioning’ just got blown up?

Rugby Australia appoint Rob Clarke as interim CEO

magic circle? lol… where I come from a magic circle means something VERY different…

Rugby Australia appoint Rob Clarke as interim CEO

Hmmm.. not good optics for Mr Wiggs or RA…. regardless of the merit behind Carroll being in the job, due process is (usually) there for a reason…

What is beginning to worry me however, is that it looks like there are people positioning themselves here…. are they doing it for the love of the game?

I wonder who might benefit if RA’s financial position ‘requires’ it to accept some sort of private equity type of bailout? Particularly if it happens globally?

More turmoil at Rugby Australia as potential chairman threatens to resign over CEO choice

I would be VERY surprised if Kearns gets anywhere near the job…

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

Really? I’m not sure right now if you are really this d@mb or just get off on pedantry…
READ the first line of the authors article… figure out in which universe you see her mentioned by name in the letter and then come back to me here with another cut and paste to show me where it does….
I’ll be waiting…..

Captains' call offers nothing by way of real Rugby Australia solutions

Geeez, your sidestep is better than Quades….

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

No, they were apparently aware it was being drafted

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

See my comment further down. McLean apparently knew the letter was being written

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

hmmm…. It appears Tony Shaw doesn’t know the whole story as to what conversations were held behind closed doors…

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

Taking things out of context really IS your MO eh TWAS?

The author of this article singled out Raelene Castle, not me…. and whilst the adminstration includes her it did not mention her by name at all and you know it so your mental gyrations are just that…

Re my example, you’re wrong, just like last time…

As to having to google “character assassination”…. I’m really not surprised at you having to do that….

Captains' call offers nothing by way of real Rugby Australia solutions

“World Cup winning captain Nick Farr-Jones is understood to have approached McLean two weeks ago to express his incredible disappointment with the current state of the game which is facing insolvency.

Farr-Jones also offered to introduce McLean to some capable and experienced former rugby executives and previously written reports on how to build a sustainable business.

Back then McLean and other members of the board were fully aware that the letter by the captains was being drafted.”

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

and if that isn’t the whole story?

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

The plot thickens…. RA were reportedly aware of the letter days before it was released to the press….

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

Certainly is…. and they reportedly did so weeks ago….but then why have Castle/RA apparently resisted?

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

Yes it’s certainly sad it has gotten to this….
But perhaps just ask this question…. if they hadn’t, do you really think RA would now be willing to open up the books to eg the Super Rugby chairs after weeks of them reportedly asking? Could this be a way to head off a Special General Meeting?
One of two things will possibly now occur… the member unions will either fall in behind RA or not…. really depends on what is found (and what self interest is part of it)…. I’d suggest if there’s problems found then people might suddenly start falling on their swords… If not then the Captains will have serious egg on their faces
Either way the letter is a catalyst.

Michael Lynagh withdraws signature from captains' letter as Eales, Shaw voice their support of Rugby AU

Wow!! another disingenuous article instead of confronting the issues….

Daniel where in the entire letter does it state they are calling for Raelene Castles head? There’s no mention of her at all yet you single her out? Why instead didn’t you state “Paul McLean’s head – amongst others”?

No other group has the credibility/respect to sound the alarm without airing dirty laundry and being ignored. Whilst you acknowledge “that there is something of a disconnect between Rugby AU and what could be termed the games grassroots”, are you seriously going to ignore their united stand because it fails your test for specific details and solutions?

As I said elsewhere, since when do you need to be an expert with solutions, plans and specific detail before you raise alarm if you see something is wrong?

If you see a law being broken, does the fact that you aren’t a lawyer/Police officer with knowledge of the actual crimes act, offence, case law and a PLAN with specific details on how to solve the illegality disqualify you from raising the alarm?

What utter rot.

This article and the muck raking in the comments is the very essence of character assassination you decry. Do YOU not grasp the irony of THAT?

Captains' call offers nothing by way of real Rugby Australia solutions

Geoff… Alternatively, they are both right?
I wrote an article a long time ago (2018?) https://www.theroar.com.au/2018/10/20/why-rugby-australia-are-sticking-with-cheika-and-why-we-have-more-pain-to-endure/ back when the accepted wisdom was that Cheika would be getting the sack. I opined then that he would stay, as RA had made their bed and would have to lie in it, for a number of reasons.
Kafer has a different view ie that he should have been sacked…. fair enough.
Of note at the time was a quote by Cameron Clyne… “You have to be unequivocal, that’s the way we’ve been, quite consistent. We’re supporting him absolutely,”
The fact is though, that they didn’t, and here is where the Alan Jones of the world sit. I’d suggest his issue is you either stay the course as you have done or give Cheika the flick, not some ‘holding’ arrangement.
Either you support him or you don’t…. or in other words, you either sack him or support him. By my reading, both Kafer and Jones have a point….

11 former Wallaby captains sign letter calling for Rugby AU leadership resignations

Really?

The 11 have stated that they believe the game has ‘lost it’s way’ through poor administration and leadership…. and that grass roots (my term) has been let down… “over a number of years”

I don’t know about you, but to me those comments seem pretty spot on in light of the reams of comment here on the Roar over heavens knows how long…. (along with Dick Marks et al)….

They’ve stated that a number of highly experienced rugby and business leaders are standing by to mentor and lead…

They’ve also specifically asked for a release of numerous reviews and a special general meeting to ‘table’ the accounts of 2019….

That sounds suspiciously like a PLAN to me….

Dunno about you but that’s either a complete takeover of Rugby in Australia by this self interested group (as is being implied), or the first steps of a plan to dig it out of structural and managerial failures…

While both options are going to involve a little bit of blood being (metaphorically) spilt, the fact remains that they have decided to step up and be counted…. not just having a beer and a whinge…

I’m unsure as to how you can imply that our Wallaby captains are untrustworthy. By your own admission, respected voices such as Dick Marks went unheeded.

I for one respect that at least they are stepping up and united in voice. History will eventually reveal whether they are right…

11 former Wallaby captains sign letter calling for Rugby AU leadership resignations

Are you really that obt$se?

I suppose you think eg seeing someone breaking the law means you can’t raise the alarm without knowing the specific crimes act, proofs of offence, case law, and a sound PLAN to change either the offenders actions in the future or the law itself?

11 former Wallaby captains sign letter calling for Rugby AU leadership resignations

I don’t make any argument that board attendance (on it’s own) is a sign of negligence. Read my original comment again.

If the operation of the Board (and the Administration in general) was acceptable then I would suggest the 11 Wallaby Captains would not have sounded the alarm as they have…

11 former Wallaby captains sign letter calling for Rugby AU leadership resignations

Seriously?

Do you actually think 11 Wallaby captains have done this just ‘because’ they want to be ‘a message’?

Don’t you have any interest in the WHY 11 Wallaby Captains have taken such an unprecedented step?

11 former Wallaby captains sign letter calling for Rugby AU leadership resignations

No… I don’t agree at all… Who says they need to have a plan before they can speak up? You?

As I said elsewhere, no other group has the credibility/respect to sound the alarm without airing dirty laundry.

Cool heads should be taking note and digging in to why they have united to make such a statement….

11 former Wallaby captains sign letter calling for Rugby AU leadership resignations

Yup…. see my comment below

11 former Wallaby captains sign letter calling for Rugby AU leadership resignations