George Gregan (70)
I despair at these rumours about losing support for managers etc, what a pack of princesses
You look at the playing group that Australian rugby has saddled itself with at the top levels, and you're left thinking "which of these guys loves the jersey enough to actually play for nothing? To just represent their country?"
Its the only way you're going to find a team that believes the game is bigger than them.
Horwill. Maybe Moore. Potentially Hooper. Pat McCabe.
Possibly others who keep their passion a little more subdued. I can put together a pretty big list of player who I DON'T think would play for nothing.
2. Kurtley Beale is at the opposite of this spectrum. He continually behaves in an immature and sometimes a lot worse fashion. The incidents reported re his time at the Rebels are actually by no means the worst of what really happened. The organisation galvanised to support him through some pretty dire circumstances and he paid them back by punching his captain.I completeley believe he is capable of the text issues he is accused of. Likewise i know he is capable of showing fake remorse and playing the "Im so stupid card"
4. The player leadership group have a lot to answer for but again Im not surprised by their defence of Beale as i have seen it first hand. The Rebels group was quick to want to burn JOC (James O'Connor) whos biggest offence really was being a young smartarse. However they would defend Beale to the hilt even when his issues went to public safety. Basically their mentality came down to KBs a good bloke and JOC (James O'Connor) is not.What Michael Hooper said yesterday shows unfortunately that he is not close to being fit to be Wallaby captain.
It's interesting how negatively people are viewing Michael Hooper's backing of KB (Kurtley Beale).
His comments that the team is tight and the Wallabies want to be a team that looks after its own seem to speak more to a general attitude than a specific backing of Beale.
The actual quotes from Hooper seem to all relate to the team supporting Beale and not wanting him to be sacked rather than specifically discussing the issue and whether Beale's actions warrant sacking.
I would hope that the Wallabies support all their teammates until such time as that person is no longer their teammate.
They are not there to make decisions about players' futures so its much better for team harmony for them to be entirely supportive than forming opinions about whether someone within their team deserves their continued support or not.
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