This is another thread from the old forums which was used quite a lot so I’m starting it here too
Okay, so a bit of background.
The Australian rugby team had an international test coming up on the Saturday and a few of them went out drinking quite late on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
Team management found out about this and after they worked out what had happened, stood some of the players down for the next international the following weekend. The punishments meted out differed in severity depending on how late they were out, how much they drank, and their seniority within the team.
As far as I’m concerned that’s absolutely fair enough. The players obviously aren’t mature enough to decide what is acceptable behaviour, so team management is sending a very clear message as to what is not acceptable.
However, given the obvious lack of maturity, I expected a bit of backlash from the players - and so it appears to be.
From this article it appears that the players association is getting up in arms about the issue and preparing to protest it. In particular I liked the starting line "The reputations of several Test stars have been unfairly and irreparably damaged in the wake of the Wallabies’ “Guinnessgate” affair"
And another line later on “It is hard to hand down penalties when there have not been any guidelines set in the first place”
Okay, if you have a big international test match coming up, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that going out late a couple of days beforehand is a really bad idea. You certainly shouldn’t need “guidelines” to know that.
If reputations have been damaged, then I’d be looking at the players’ behaviour, not the management who called them on it.
Gah, is personal responsibility completely gone now?