BH, sure fair enough, though I did like Cheika's opening salvo: "don't ask me about Kurtley, there's a process in progress and I'm saying nothing".
It was good to hear that and given the circumstance it was entirely appropriate. Plus I don't think any journo in that presser would want to be the one to try and take Cheika to task on it from day 1, they may not feel the flow of information come their way in the future.....
I have questioned some of the comments by players and their rationale, but i think it's asking too much to try and put up a "United front" on this issue when there clearly wasn't a single view held within the organisation.
With Mckenzie's resignation, who was steering the ship in between? Were there any lines being populated amongst the playing group? Who was taking the "heat" off the players when they were in these media situations?
In my view a "no comment" can still be done in a way that doesn't raise suspicion or is disrespectful. Just walking past journos without saying a word (ala the OZ Athletics coach when he got sent home from the Comm games) is not good, but sometimes not adding to drama is the best way to go.
I admire guys like Phipps who have tried to stay positive and talk up the upcoming fixture, but some others seem to added fuel most likely unintentionally.