A few days ago I contacted our mate X and proposed he write another ROAR article to show up the crooked way the ARU has mismanaged Wallaby top ups to stack the NSW and Qld franchises and consequently put the Force and Rebels on the road to failure on the field. I offered to help with the research. I had to reluctantly admit I couldn't find anything concrete enough to do a publishable article. Well since then the professional journos have hit the same Cone of Silence and said so.
As part of their sudden realisation that the Force are actually a very productive nursery some have listed the Wallabies who have come through the system. However none have really highlighted the story of Nick Cummins and why he had to leave Australia and ply his trade in Japan. I can't go right into detail - it's a state secret . But everyone has an inkling what happened.
But I will draw the comparison of what seemed an odd coincidence at the time. The Reds were trying to get money to lure Karmichael Hunt to Rugby at the same as Nick was asking for a top up from the ARU. The Reds got their man. The Force didn't.
Alan Jones talks about the $777 million the ARU has mismanaged over the years. I'll call it Honey Badger syndrome. Nick was a walking, talking publicity machine at the time. Still is. Everybody in the country, Mungo fans AFL people - people who don't even like sport and lot's more around the world knew him and his antics - they lapped it up. Pretty fair Rugby player too. The ARU? Not worth a tup up!! These people have trashed Australian Rugby and now they want to say simply "Yes we made some mistakes but we know the way forward from here. Trust us" Just resign the lot of you. Please!