Sunday, 6 September 2009

Small beer

It was revealed this week that the reason that the ARU sacked Lote Tuqiri last year was because he broke strict team rules by taking a woman to his Wallabies hotel room.

At the time, Tuqiri was on his "last warning'' for previous misdemeanors which included an incident in a Cape Town nightclub in 2005 and turning up pissed to a Wallabies training session in 2007.

All of which strikes me as being small beer compared to the recent scandals engulfing northern hemisphere rugby. Our rugby may not be as good, but we do scandal SO much better!


Nursedude said...

Flanker, what do you make of the French Rugby Federations thoughts of possibly banning Basteraud for up to 3 years for his little bit of fiction in Wellington?

For a team that has a whopping one victory in the Tri Nations, it would seem that the ARU would come up with a better reason to get rid of a pretty talented player.

sesenta y cuatro said...

I have been one who has always thought that SH rugby was much better than NH rugby.

But, is it?

SA may look impressive at the moment, but certainly the All Blacks and the Wallabies do not.

Besides, with the new kick-and-chase trend global rugby is going into NH countries will surely do much better...

Now that the Lions tour hangover is gone (and they proved they were at least at the Springboks level), don't you feel that the so called gap is narrower than ever (if still there's any)?

Total Flanker said...

The kick and chase trend certainly appears popular down under at the moment - didn't see the Lions doing much of it though.

As to the gap being closer...I guess we'll have to wait and see what transpires this November?

sesenta y cuatro said...

Sure, the kick and chase has been very effective for SA and, to my surprise, both AU and NZ have been happier to imitate the Boks than the Lions were.

But no need to wait to the November tests to see that NH teams are putting SH teams under all types of pressure; France and Italy in Oceania last June were very very succesful.

I would expect Ireland and Wales to better what France and Italy did.

Anonymous said...

Total Flanker,

Kudos for your blog. Very fine piece of work.

For Lote getting sacked, the word in Sydney, where I was a few weeks ago, is that the girl was 16 years old.

Which, you have guessed, is a criminal offense in Oz. That's why the ARU must have been smiling when they came out stating that they wouldn't divulge the nature of Lote's offense, and left him free to share the information about why he got the boot.

Which, for obvious reasons, he didn't.

Interesting perspective, isn't it?


French Flanker