Waratahs coach Michael Foley is being retained in 2013.As the Western Force continue pursuing Michael Cheika to be their head coach next season, at least Michael Foley can feel relieved Cheika would only go for his job at the Waratahs if there was a vacancy. That vacancy now appears closed after it was announced at a Waratahs marketing meeting on Friday that Foley was being retained as the NSW coach in 2013. Nonetheless according to our snouts, Cheika would only go for the Waratahs job if the organisation had decided to get rid of Foley. While on the Force, some of their officials love going on about how ”everyone’s out to get us”. But this chip on the shoulder attitude is no excuse for some pathetic denials from the Force following the Herald’s report of numerous Waratahs officials being interested in moving to the West. We went back to our sources and all reconfirmed the report was correct – even to the extent of explaining they had been approached by Force players. Maybe some in the West are just confused and very jittery certain unsavoury incidents while they were in South Africa haven’t yet hit the public domain. ”Utter bull—t” indeed.
WHISPERS OF WITCH-HUNTS
Frightening whispers out of Waratahland that certain officials are so freaked out by negative media reports about the troubled organisation there are suggestions of going through telephone records. This brings back memories of something similar that occurred at the ARU a number of years ago. The ARU witch-hunt backfired big time as it was discovered that the biggest leakers to a national broadsheet were two high-ranking officials. Just as strange was some Waratahs officials going on about how they didn’t want last Tuesday’s board meeting where Foley presented his season review turning into a media circus. One spinmeister went on about how that occurred when the Waratahs pushed their coach Ewen McKenzie out the door. Complete rubbish. Sunday Maul covered that, and can guarantee it was no media circus. That knifing was done clinically.
A TWEET SABBATICAL
Ewen McKenzie, now far happier at the Queensland Reds, has come clean over why he has been quiet on Twitter. For a long time, the big Link was a Twitter obsessive, but lately nothing. He contacted Sunday Maul to explain: ”I’m concentrating on football at the moment. Having a bit of a Sabbatical. I’ll be back.”
RUMOURS OF THE WEEKEND
❏ Some Western Force officials’ obsession in moaning about anything and everything ARU may have something to do with a recent push for a Test match to be played in Adelaide.
❏ It’s been kept hush-hush but a high-profile player is in trouble over some social media comments he has made, to the extent of facing a substantial fine.
❏ Who is the Waratahs bigwig constantly sighted in recent days hiding in the shadows of the Moore Park car park whispering into his mobile phone?
❏ A popular Australian provincial official may be forced to move on because of contractual problems.
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