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Am certain that DP has paid his dues but even the most hard-nosed sportsperson will find it difficult to remain wher he has been for much longer. His mind must be on setting up the next stage of his career. The above dialogue was not the best.
Posted 12:15 01st August 2012
@ Wallaroo - Hear! Hear! Furthermore, why would one of the best 7s in the business want to continue playing for a struggling team? He wants to be putting silverware in his cabinet, not worrying about wooden spoons. he's tried for 7 years, with not many other "world-class" players in the squad. Why keep flogging that particular dead horse?
@ piriaka - I'm obviously a little out of touch with the vagaries of Aussie parlance, but when I lived in Oz, "sook" meant a bit wet. A bit feeble. A little bit limp and weak. I certainly wouldn't describe Pocock as that. Has the meaning changed?
Posted 13:21 31st July 2012
@piriaka - "Bit of a sook" hahahahahaha. He's a professional rugby player and one of note for that matter. Pocock serves Australian rugby with the utmost integrity and always puts his body on the line for our benefit; he is therefore entitled to choose where and who he wants to play for hopefully always within Australian conference.
I take it you've never changed jobs for a better offer. Well I have and I'm truly grateful that I was given those opportunities.
Posted 12:12 30th July 2012
Things started going south for this franchise when Firepower defaulted on their payments. Giteau bolted, then Mitchell, then O'Conner. Stability is needed - they need a coach in the worst way. I respect Pocock, but a four hour flight is not a serious obstacle. MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL teams in the States have the same travel issues, yet have produced winning teams and the travel is not an issue. I'll never understand the small mindset. It's like the arguments against daylight savings times - completely bizarre - "daylight savings causes the drapes to face because the sun shines longer".
Posted 18:30 29th July 2012
It will be interesting to see if the Force can attract any players of note to the ailing franchise. It is not a good sign that over the past few years they have failed to attract players of note from the Eastern States and have been turned down by various overseas players, only picking up some journeymen from NZ. With the move of Pocock and the retirement of Sharp they have lost two of their leaders and mainstays. Add to this the bleeding of some of their better players to other franchises they have a mighty hurdle in front of them. The appointment of Graham is now in hindsight one of the worst decisions made and I believe the Reds will rue his appointment when he finally takes over the reins after McKenzie becomes the National coach.
The problem here is wider than rugby few codes other than AFL` have succeeded over the years. The state is so far away from the Rugby playing States in the East many are not prepared to come over and leave family ties so far away. It is quicker to fly to NZ than it is to Perth. Still not having a coach having been refused by Chikka, why did you apply man? Relying on Foley who has another year in the bag with the Warataha makes it a farcical situation. Now Pocock has gone there is no hope of attracting Foley. The running of the franchise has seen some woeful moves in these last few years. Seems everywhere John Mitchell goes it seems to turn to custard in the long run. How long will it be before the Force have to pack up and go into liquidation as there is no way they can limp on with such an exodus of players, The sea of Blue are great fans but even the best fans will have problems turning out if there is no hope of winning. This will be the problem facing the ARU added to the problem of a dearth of suitable referees at this level. what a legacy John O'Neill will leave for his successor to sort out. The omens are not good.
Posted 14:56 29th July 2012
Bit of a sook - Western Force looked after this guy significantly so and this is the response. Unimpressed with him. Woop de doo - easier to travel to Sydney and Brisbane! Again, what a sook - didn't he really know how big Aussie is when he went there from Africa??
Posted 14:46 29th July 2012
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