Friday, 17 August 2018

Once a wazzock?

I'm currently on my hols so will keep this short and sweet.

After pleading guilty to assault outside a Jersey nightclub this week, Danny Cipriani will only have himself to blame if he never plays for England again.

It's really not that difficult to stay out of trouble and by his behaviour off the field he is constantly asking the question of whether he should be trusted on it.

On that question the jury is still out...

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

What's going on in TW1?

Something is not quite right at HQ.

Despite making a jobbing great profit from the 2015 World Cup the RFU are currently engaged in a cost-cutting programme that will result in over 60 members of staff losing their jobs.

CEO Steve Brown, whose job - incidentally -  does not appear to be under threat, insists that the RFU finances remain in good shape and that the redundancies merely reflect tough market conditions.

While any redundancies are unfortunate and a nightmare for those involved, reports that apparently over 40 of the job losses are coming from the community game suggest an incredibly ill advised short-term approach by the RFU that can only lead to the detriment of grassroots rugby and the game as a whole in this country.

And rumours that the RFU Council, in approving the cuts, rejected a proposal that members pay out of their own pockets for their partners’ match tickets and lunches for the four November internationals this year, do nothing for the credibility of the whole process.