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Wednesday’s Rugby News

Wednesday’s Rugby News sees the search for a new Rugby Australia Chairman, Super Rugby suspensions, a fascinating interview with Andrew Kellaway, and the Springboks receiving an international sports award.



Search for new RA Chairman

Raelene Castle and Cameron Clyne

Raelene Castle and Cameron Clyne

In typical rugby union fashion, the favourite to succeed Cameron Clyne as Rugby Australia chairman is Sydney University boardroom veteran David Mortimer. 

A committee, made up of John Sharp, Daryl McDonough and Mark L’Huillier, is currently interviewing candidates for the position of chairman and two new directors. This represents a third of the nine seats on the RA board, highlighting the significance of the decision.

Among the other candidates are V8 Supercars chairman Peter Wiggs, Jim Tate, a Westpac executive and son of former Wallaby Murray Tate, NSW Rugby director Kerry Chikarovski, Bruce Hodgkinson, a barrister, and former Rugby Union Players Association chairman.

Sydney Olympics bid guru and lawyer Rod Mcgeoch has also been mentioned, along with former NSW premier Mike Baird, and World Cup-winning former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones.

Lawyers, bankers, and politicians. How very rugby union.


Super Rugby Suspensions

Tom Banks chases a kick

Tom Banks chases a kick

Highlanders winger Patelesion Tomkinson has been handed a three-week suspension for his dangerous tackle on Tom Banks.

It is little comfort for the Brumbies after their heartbreaking 23-22 loss to the Highlanders.

Tomkinson’s yellow card came in the 44th minute, with commentators and fans alike stunned by the decision.

Tomkinson was expected to receive a six-week suspension, however, SANZAAR’s foul play review found unexplained “mitigating factors,” that reduced it to three weeks. How surprising.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar refused to blame referee Nic Berry after the loss.

“I thought it was a red card, but I don’t want to sit here and whinge about referees or anything like that,” McKellar said.


Fascinating Kellaway Interview

Andrew Kellaway spots a gap.

Andrew Kellaway spots a gap.

The Waratahs worst start to a season in their 25-year history in Super Rugby continued on Friday night. To make matters worse it was a former Tahs young gun who sealed the win for the opposition, as Andrew Kellaway crossed out wide for a double.

Andrew Kellaway told the Fox Rugby Podcast he had mixed emotions. 

“It was great to do it. (But) it was disappointing for some of those guys that I’m really good friends with. It’s not so nice seeing them so disappointed, which is what they were, they were gutted after the game, and we know that feeling well after the first two games, we were devastated,” Kellaway said.

Kellaway’s story is becoming an ever more present one in Australian rugby, after returning from a season at Northampton.

Stuck behind Wallabies fullback Israel Folau, Kellaway had to wait his turn on the sidelines before slowly being introduced into the squad. First on the wing and occasionally at fullback.

However, luck never quite went Kellaway’s way.

“I started to get a lot more game time towards the end of my time there and, I guess, you could say I was unlucky. I broke my throat and then I broke my foot, so I missed the better part of two seasons there and I was starting both times I had those injuries.

Reflecting on his time at the Tahs, Kellaway spoke candidly.

“I wasn’t ready and I was just young.”

“I was behind Israel, so you roll in most days and knowing who he is and what he can do and I guess I probably just didn’t push myself as hard as I could have and upon reflection, I probably regret that a little bit, but it’s a mistake I definitely won’t make again,” Kellaway said.

I highly recommend you give this episode a listen.


Boks receive international award

England v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

The Springboks have won the Laureus Sports Team of the Year at the annual International Awards but former Brumbies skipper Christian Lealifano missed out on the comeback of the year award.

South Africa received the award due to the impact their World Cup win had on the broader community within South Africa.

Wallabies and Brumbies flyhalf Lealifano was nominated for the Laureus comeback of the year award after playing at the Rugby World Cup three years after being diagnosed with leukemia.

The award went to motor racing driver Sophia Florsch having returned to racing after a spinal injury.

Lealifano told Rugby.com.au he has already won though. 

“You feel like you have won already.”

“You probably shouldn’t get an award for being recognised for being healthy and alive. I have been given the gift of life already,” Lealifano said.


  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Thanks Hamish, I must admit I don’t know enough about any of the candidates to get either excited or worried. I just hope they get on board and do what is best for rugby in Australia without any local agendas stuffing things up. I’d like to see some movement on a national framework for coaches, players, administrators and referees for a start.
    Good on their Boks for their win. A great story and the scenes when they travelled the country were very cool. Be interesting to see if there’s any long term changes from this.
    Interesting story from Kellaway, just another player stuffed by the Tahs inability to undertake succession planning or development. Good to see him do well.
    Fair call on the judiciary and while we would all like to see more consistency at least it was picked up.

    • Nutta

      Geez you’re a positive Quokka these days aren’t you? Keep punching KARL. You’re a good influence on we cynics.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        This early in the season before disappointment sinks in I can be positive. I’m sure I’ll get worse as the season unfolds

      • Patrick

        Even he couldn’t be positive about the Sydney clusterfucks

        • AllyOz

          Is that the new franchise name? It’s very catchy.

        • Patrick

          When the shoe fits…

  • Greg

    Thanks Hamish.

    Very classy comments from Lealifano.

    [makes not for self…. humility]

  • Yowie

    “I thought it was a red card, but I don’t want to sit here and whinge about referees or anything like that,” McKellar said.

    Good, because we’ve had enough whinging about refs at the press conference in the last few years.

    • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

      Really? When did this occur, I don’t recall McKenzie or Deans whinging about the Refs.

      • Yowie

        Might have started a little bit after McKenzie.

        • Wonky Donkey

          Around 2015?

        • Yowie

          2015ish rings a bell.

        • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

          Nope, don’t recall it. It went Deans, McKenzie, retrograde amnesia, Rennie.

  • Nutta

    Cheers Hamish

    I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Kellaway and am even more-so now. And bear in-mind this is a life-time frontie talking about a winger. His comments about maturity, pushing yourself regardless of the circumstances and recognising if/when you are truly ready for challenges shows a rare wisdom especially for a Back. I know it’s old ground but I immediately relate it back to the 3-Amigo’s.

    Paddy Tomkinson’s suspension – no surprise in either the suspension or the time period. Dan McKellars response – appropriate truth and class.

    Applicants in the search for a new Boss Leather Patch for the leather patch mob? Not surprising. Now that’s really the way to reconnect with your base isn’t it? Maybe if they rolled it into the TV rights deal and did it “The Voice” style with making a pitch, big red buttons and all… throw in Delta and I’ll watch.

    For what it’s worth, you’re my come-back hero L’fano.

  • juswal

    The Laureus comeback of the year award is also known as the Laureus Lazarus.

  • Perth girl

    So the incestuous relationship between RA and Sydney rugby looks set to continue to the detriment of rugby elsewhere in Australia

    • juswal

      It’s hard to imagine RA not continuing its relationships with the SRU and NSWRU.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Good morning GAGR’s. Thought it was about time I posted something. I am trying to remian positive, but alas there are somethings that are just like fingernails down the blackboard of life. Here we go:
    – Suspension was due, and given. Fair cop. Would have been good for the referump to pick it up on the day but alas, it wasnt. Would have been good for the FISM referump to referump both sides! But alas he didnt. If there wasnt contenious callls to be pontificating about it wouldnt be a game.
    – Kellaway. Gee the Tah’s like the Reds are good at talent spotting for other clubs arent they.
    – CLL. What a legend. Humble, factual, and just a great example for all of us to follow.
    – Chairperson appointment. Lets face facts. Rugby is in Dire straights! Really is, and nothing can dispute that. So what do they do? Go for more of the same dribble that got them there in the first place. If I were king for a day I would appoint Andrew Demetriou, or potentially even David Gallop. What do they know about club rugby or the game? Probably fuck all. But they know the Australian sporting demographics better than anyone. They understand TV rights. Sponsors. Corporations. Working with state and federal government. Expanded their games. In fact Demetriou did a brilliant job lifting AFL to be the premiere sports brand in the nation. Whether you like the game or not, you can not overlook its market dominance. So we are just going to search as far as we normally do. Sad. A chair to be brave and innovative! But alas, keep the Sydney’ites happy!Arghhhhhhh

    Anyway enough of my rant. Over to you GAGR’s!

    • LED

      Um sorry to inject an element of reality in this. But a Board does none of the things you mention – thats up to the management who actually run RA. All a Board does is make sure management feels a little heat and accountability for the plans that management present. You could pick the entire NZ Rugby Board and they wont make a difference to the success of rugby in Australia. What will – is first sorting out the coaching, pathways, talent retention, skills development programs, coaching development programs and general level of competition in Australia – no part time Board member will add anything to this. Give Australia skillful, winning teams and there’ll be eyeballs all over every game no matter where you have to go to see it. What Australia is suffering from is a long term decline in the quality of Australian rugby as it exists on the field. The off the field stuff is just a distraction.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Although you could argue that the lack of development in the coaching, pathways, talent retention…… are things the board should have provided direction on for the CEO. The inability of the board to inject some enthusiasm for the shortfalls in rugby is linked back to the people who are on it and where they have come from. They seem to spend more time protecting their own, and their backers selfish interests than in looking after what is best for rugby in Australia and I think that’s what pisses people off so much.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Beg to differ. I sit on 4 boards. The boards very much are involved in the strategey and advocation and connection to broader networks. Particularly the Chairman. HAving a Chairman that understands these things and has a track record of delivering and is able to steer the CEO and the action arms of the organisation, will very much help.

        • Yowie

          I’ve sat on plenty of boards. Sometime the coach would let me run on if someone got injured.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure gold. That was my favourite position too. Left Right out.

        • LED

          Yes all Boards say they are very much involved and adding value and I’m sure they think they are. The trouble is that theres never anyone outside of the Board that thinks the same.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Again Disagree. I have been both a CEO and a board member. Am very clear on the deliniation and function of both. And what both active and passive boards are and do.

      • Patrick

        Frankly not sure what you mean. If I were on the board of an organization that has just endured a major governance and legitimacy crisis, then I would absolutely be talking to our stakeholders, a lot in fact.

        And whilst I might not be doing some of these other things myself I’d certainly want to know exactly what we were doing and to make sure we had the best possible people available to us doing it, and I’d want to have a say in that process too.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      Hey mate. A mild rant really. I’m waiting for the full blown one later in the season

      • Nutta

        You would think that with the amount of time he spends in airport lounges he could do better eh?

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          I call it lazy

      • Brisneyland Local

        Well yes will have to get back in shape. Otherwise I will pulll a muscle coming in off the long run up.

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          The Wallabies are yet to play. Keep your powder dry.

        • Brisneyland Local

          It gives me that long to get fit again.

    • Patrick

      Demetriou has been my preference for the job for years. Anyone but a NSWelshman really.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Touche!

  • Tomthusiasm

    Speaking of the Highlanders, I just found out that Josh Dickson (who had a pretty good game against the Brumbies) was born in Perth. Not sure if the Wallabies need another lock but Rennie might want to give him a call and pull a Pete Samu on him.

    • Hoss

      My geography may be out but isn’t Auckland just far western Sydney ?

      • Frosty morning

        I’m not sure of that, but Bondi is just western Auckland.

        • Hoss

          You elitist snob Frosty. Someone has to dig our holes and unblock the sewerage….

        • Funk

          …and put up the scaffolding!

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Other way round mate. NZ is mnade up of North Island, South Island and West Island (a big land mass where they speak funny and play weird sports as well as rugby)

        • Hoss

          Its invasion by osmosis.

        • Nutta

          If you look at the original Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (Imp) section 6 it clearly steps out that “The States’ of the Commonwealth shall mean such of the colonies of New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia, including the northern territory of South Australia, as for the time being are parts of the Commonwealth, and such colonies or territories as may be admitted into or established by the Commonwealth as States; and each of such parts of the Commonwealth shall be called ‘a State.’

          So by the original Constitution, NZ is the 7th state and that has never actually changed in-terms of Australian law.

          However the fact of the matter is that whilst the Kiwi’s were at Australasian Federation Conference convened in Melbourne in 1890 and again at the 1891 Australasian Federation Conference in Sydney, New Zealand did not participate in the Australasian Federal Convention which met in 1897 and 1898 and drafted the original Constitution which was then passed by referenda in 1898, 1899 and 1900 before being passed to the Imperial Parliament for ratification. The reasons for the Kiwi’s not showing up are not clear and I can find no correlating rugby tours that would explain their absence. So I can only assume it was a Hāngi of truly biblical proportions.

        • Hoss

          I have it on good authority they were there mate. Represented by the great, great, great grandfather of one R McCaw who had trouble accessing the premises as he had to come in behind the feet of guy in front of him, through the gate (so to speak) – there in lay the seeds and the birthright for every McCaw descendant since……

        • Yowie

          In the version I heard, McCaw Snr did actually break in through the side window, but the police of the day didn’t even blow their whistles on account of some kind of magic aura around the perpetrator.

        • Hoss

          Maybe the origins of the Jedi lay somewhere in those poxy little islands ?

        • Yowie

          I’d love to see a Kiwi redub of Star Wars.

          Hey bro, I’m actually your dad.

          “No way cuz!”

          “Han Solo is un the chully bun!”

        • Hoss

          I thought Jar Jar Binks was from South Island ?? I could understand a damn word he said.

        • Who?

          He was there but no one saw him…

        • Who?

          There was a story – I don’t know how true – last year claiming that the Kiwis were worried by how we treated the Indigenous population, in contrast with their stellar treatment of the Maori (I write it in that manner as the Maori were suffering a population decline and were hardly the majority or empowered). So even 120 years ago, the Kiwis thought they were better than us! :-

        • Yowie

          Is the Kiwi government working their rings off (in their High Court and otherwise) to deport their indigenous individuals?

          If not, I don’t want to get into a trans-Tasman “who treats their indigenous people least-worst” competition.

        • Who?

          My questioning was about the story of NZ choosing not to enter the federation after considering the treatment of Indigenous Australians, not questioning who treated the indigenous peoples better.
          .
          I don’t think there’s a competition – NZ were and are better at looking after their Indigenous peoples, as well as Rugby…
          .
          But my point wasn’t about whether or not the statement was true, it was that even back then, they were uppity and saw themselves as better than us. And I wasn’t even around for more than three quarters of a century! :-P

        • Few kiwi boys over here call WA WNZ. Starting to agree with them..

  • kp

    “SANZAAR’s foul play review found unexplained “mitigating factors”
    Let me guess, he wasn’t an Australia?

  • Reds Revival

    I remember seeing an article several months ago that had a list of the “Friends of Sydney University Rugby Club”, of which one C Clyne was a member. It also prophesised that the next ARU CEO would come from that list, so imagine my surprise when I heard that the front runner is from that very same list!
    Surely the lesson that we have learnt from The Pirate, is that getting an outside professional in helps us to open our eyes to new opportunities and ideas. However, the RA Board would much rather drive into the future in reverse…

    • Yowie

      Must be similar to the “Friends of (and actual) Waratahs” list from which Wallabies selections start.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Pure Gold Yowie!

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Bahahahahwahahahaha

  • mortlucky

    Kellaway is my new hero. I too broke my throat – and spoke like Sam Scot-Young/Darren Lockyer for a while – but I retired thereafter as my tackling style and confidence was impacted (being 33 and rubbish was neither here nor there). Kudos to you pal and the legendary CLL.

  • juswal

    Regarding the RA board chair position, remember that the chair isn’t the CEO. This is not an executive recruitment situation. It’s no good looking for a CEO type (e.g. Demetriou, Gallop) to take over as chair and start developing coaching programs, negotiating TV deals and so forth. That is not what directors do.

    In any large organisation there is a fundamental difference between the board of directors and the management team. The CEO may be in both camps but nobody else is. RA already has a CEO and a management team working on board-endorsed work programs.

    The new chair of the board will have to be:
    1. already on the board;
    2. elected by the other directors;
    3. a resident of Sydney, or able to be there from February to November;
    4. willing to work with the current CEO and not go across her decisions;
    5. unlikely to get offside with RA’s voting constituencies, sponsors and stakeholders; and
    6. a credible and authoritative voice for the board, when the media calls for comment.

    • Nutta

      Very fair observations. But since when has discussion here been fair? We pride ourselves otherwise.

      • AllyOz

        3. a resident of Sydney, or able to be there from February to November.
        I worked for firms in Brisbane and our board members were from Sydney and Melbourne. This is hardly a requirement. I have worked for companies whose directors have travelled once a month from overseas for board meetings – they were very effective directors – the Chair probably needs to be in the country but they certainly wouldn’t have to be a Sydney resident.

        4. Willing to work with the current CEO and not go across her decisions.
        Again not my experience. The Chair is the head of its board of directors – elected by shareholders/stakeholders or representing the interests of such. The board set long-term goals, review financial results, evaluate the performance of high-level managers, and vote on important strategic moves proposed by the CEO. Directors appoint–and can fire–upper-level managers such as the CEO and president. The Chair sets the board’s agenda but does not necessarily play an active role in everyday management.

        So the Chair can go over the CEO’s decisions if they aren’t consistent with the principals that the board has outlined, if there are any issues around financial mismanagement, etc.

        5. Board members and the Chair as the head of the board are there to represent investors/stakeholder….stakeholders in this situation. And on boards where there are competing interests (of which the companies I worked for) the independent board members and the chair balance the interests of the board members who represent specific interests. That’s probably pretty close to what you’ve said but not identical,

        6. an authorative voice to media….most of the ones I have dealt with leave that to the CEO outside of the AGM and major issues.

        And it’s not as if former CEO’s haven’t become Chairs. I would think a large percentage of company chairs have operated a very high level in business or politics so I am afraid I can’t personally agree with most of your requirements. Blokes like Demetrio and Gallup could make very effective Chairs of Rugby Australia.

        • Bernie Chan

          Point 4…that Chair (and the Board…) should not be just a bunch who “rubber stamp” decisions by the CEO and the management team.
          Agree with your sentiments…

        • Who?

          Point 6, Clyne’s been a Peter Beattie – desperate to get in front of the cameras. But there’s no reason why we should look to maintain much of Clyne’s legacy.
          .
          Point 3, I don’t even think you need to turn up – physically – for board meetings. I’ve been involved in board meetings where people phoned in, and that was before FaceTime (after Skype, but it’s arguable that no one needs to see you to be part of a board meeting).

  • Hoss

    In breaking Rugby news – SMH reporting Petaia gone for SR season and needs surgery on dislocated shoulder.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/not-again-rising-wallabies-star-jordan-petaia-ruled-out-for-super-rugby-season-20200219-p542a7.html

    • Who?

      So frustrating… I’m very, very worried we’re breaking our future. Rushing to get him his first cap, at the cost of ten, twenty or even fifty at the back end of his career. And he’s not the only one.
      .
      Edit – also worth noting, seeing it wasn’t on here, former Red and now Broncos player Perese is under investigation for drugs or something..? Briefly overheard something on the news last night.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Bugger!

      • Bernie Chan

        Bloody bad news for the lad, but he is young (too young perhaps…?). Opens the door for Hunter Paisami… Will BT be less risk adverse and start both Lucas and JOC? I’d have thought that Lucas at #10 and JOC at #12 would be the most creative tandem?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yeah good question. I must admit last week against the Bags, JOC was orchestrating the attack very well.

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