ANALYSIS: McLennan's fatal blind spot, and why his exit leaves Australian rugby in a better place and a worse oneIs there any Australian sport that does a letter quite like rugby does? After months of disquiet about the actions of Rugby Australia chairman…www.theroar.com.au
Well worth a read.
Little bit in here saying ACT aren’t in a good state and potentially default on a relatively small loan soon. But looking to prevent Rugby Australia opportunism to get the keys to the car
They love him in the media because he always has the Leagues back and it’s not about him even if it seems like he loves it to a degree. He’s always talking about what the game is actively doing things not just lip service about what’s coming in the pipeline and it never happens.I don’t think PV being in the press helps the game in any way. He’s a solid administrator of an already thriving sport. All that to say, yes he’s in the public eye but to no real benefit so no need to Rugby Australia chairman to also be in the public eye constantly
Australian Rugby had a shot at centralisation reform for the better, that’s gone now.. at best we will get some watered down shit about ‘greater alignment’ and all the unions will continue plodding along like they have been previously in terminal decline.
I could be misremembering, but hasn't the language from RA always been 'strategic alignment', with the media slapping the centralisation tag on it?I picked up on the language shift in Herbert's comments to the use of the word alignment, so yes, there may be some truth to the degree for which the unions were ever willing to commit to 'centralisation' and/or what the word even meant to the various unions. Truthfully it was always going to be a fractured mess with some entirely under the umbrella and others not. It's going to be interesting to see if Waugh and co. have the skill to lead the necessary changes.
The self-serving aspect of this is what has me worried, even as a passionate Queenslander and Reds supporter i’m not aligning with the party line on this one, Hamish was a clown but this process wasn’t the solution either.
Let's give him a chance, people thrust into positions they didn't expect can sometimes perform better than the more fancied names.This wasn’t just change for changes sake though.
Rugby needed HM gone now. It’s done and steps can be taken in regards to the Chairman and I hope the rest of the Board.
If you are male I am sure your mother will applaud your stupid 1970's ideas. Let's just get the best person and not a sex-based affirmative action decision.He's only interim at the end of the day. Ideally I think we need a completely fresh set of eyes, somebody from outside the state-based system & outside the old boys network. I personally wouldn't mind a female voice either, far too many dumb fragile male egos involved in the game.
You literally cannot remove politics from this discussion, it’s a political issue at its core.If we take away all the legitimate politics behind this move, wasn’t having Hamish in his position doing more harm than good from an optics point of view?
Most of the rugby supporting Australian fans who I’ve spoken to recently have been calling for his head to roll once Eddie’s feet were out the door. HM hitched his wagon to Eddie and his success, and it failed. He also put his neck out for the JS deal and Waugh essentially came out this week and said it was an overspend. His back was against the wall with issues outside anything to do with centralisation.
I’m not saying there is a better solution now, we are still up the creek without a paddle in terms of a clear best path forward, but even this morning the consensus of rugby fans seem to be happy with the result.