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Credibility draining away from Premiership's bungling leadership
Discussion started by Faithful_City , 06 October, 2020 19:08
Credibility draining away from Premiership's bungling leadership
Faithful_City 06 October, 2020 19:08

The upshot is that at least five Premiership clubs are up in arms and the majority of the rest are rolling their eyes. Of course the Sale v Worcester encounter could not go ahead last Sunday; the folly was to imagine it could be played without fatally undermining the integrity of the tournament. Premiership Rugby had previously deserved credit for restarting the league and reaching the final weekend without too many alarms. At the last hurdle, sadly, the organisation has tripped itself up, its dignity all over the place and the sport’s image unquestionably tarnished.

It all feels a little bit like one of those old televised cup draws when – duh – the velvet bag turns out to contain the wrong balls. Don’t worry, let’s laugh at ourselves and do it again. These days there is rather less wriggle room. Blustering bluffers have gone right out of fashion, as the prime minister is finding. There are moments – and this is another of them – when the whole of rugby union increasingly feels like an analogue industry in a rapidly changing digital world.

How can it be the Premier Rugby official sent out to explain on live television why Sale could play on is a good friend and former team-mate of the Sharks’ director of rugby. No problem with that in different circumstances but did no one think how it would look to have Phil Winstanley, PRL’s rugby director, telling everyone there was nothing to see here?

Where was the chief executive, Darren Childs, who has spoken in public about as often post-lockdown as Dominic Cummings? Clearly sticking a gnarled old-school prop forward like Winstanley in front of the cameras was felt to be a better strategic bet. Which leads to this: if a chief executive is not considered to be Premiership Rugby’s go-to troubleshooter in a crisis when exactly would he or she be?

Absolute shambles and we want the government to invest in our “well managed” sport!?

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