Peter Johnson (47)
Is there anyone in the rugby community who has a plan to get all facts out into the open? We need a honest broker with skill and expertise to bring all the warring parties together; to be able to trust but verify all claims; and to exhaustively examine all points of view. Every person who has had a part in this saga needs to be relentlessly questioned in an open forum.
Can this be done? Is there a mechanism? Does such an impartial person exist?
Only then will we be able to enjoy what the wallabies do on the field.
I think before we work out what to do we need to understand what will end this.
IMHO I think that from a supporters point of view, (and from outside of NSW) that the ARU has insulted our intelligence and continues to treat us as stupid people.
We know about the Beale / Patson issue, we know from McKenzie in his words about losing the dressing room. So supporters are aware that their are other players knew about the Beale thing, and that was reinforced with so many making public statements (coincidently all Tahs). We are also aware that obviously there is a player power issue in the Wallabies and it all points to a certain group.
Supporters want the truth and would be happy if they were wrong, but until the truth comes out the supporters have shown they have a strong sense of justice, and they have values, standards and expectations of all players and officials in the Wallabies environment, and they want it enforced and the ARU wont do it, rather they are covering it up.
The ARU actions, intentional of not have reinforced the resolve of supporters to force the truth out or force the ARU to take suitable actions to resolve the issues. The public is aware that in the corridors of NSW the was a power play to actively remove McKenzie. For most, its plausible and most likely in their minds to have been connected to certain current board members and some in NSW rugby. This thought process is made more tangible by certain non-players continuing to public back people apparently unsolicited - but these same people are in the position of power the public see as suspicious
The ARU are trying to weather the storm, but I believe this storm is the 150 year storm that wont go easily, and will continue until post WRC 2015 unless the ARU man up. It will cost players and officials and hurt, but I think it maybe the cleansing, the coup that changes the game forever, and may actually be the turning point for the game and propel it to a bright future, away from the shackles of the old school boys club administration.
The longer this goes unresolved, the more it threatens the game. It will continue to haunt Australian rugby, always there in the background with us all waiting for the closet with the skeletons to be opened. It will keep sponsor and fans away, and the rusted on nervous.
I will put my hand up and say I will not forget, accept things as they are and will not let it go without answers.