Totally unrelated in terms of what happened tonight, but I feel an element of the deep issues in Australian Rugby is politics from the grassroot level. Something that happened yesterday left me feeling empty after a handful of players, some not present at a trial get selected for a team, in my opinion due to personal player administration relationship.
I strongly feel about the way coaches/administrations and players interact and build relationships, and it seems the way the ARU allow the player group to behave begins from the roots of Australian Rugby. Never should players' opinion be considered in terms of appointing coaches. I'm pretty sure I heard Pulver say that they will be looking for someone who the playing group will respect. How about fuck that, appoint someone who will do the job, and the players that dont pull their head in and follow the program piss off?! Maybe this is just me I don't know. But I draw a lot of personal parallels from personal experience at club/school level and what's happening at the top level.