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  • Eales questions need for Senate inquiry into ARU ahead of forgotten Test

    2019 - 02.13

    World Cup-winning Wallabies captain and Australian Rugby Union director John Eales has questioned the need for a Senate inquiry into the game’s governing body, saying there is nothing he or anyone on the board has to hide.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Eales’ comments came on the eve of a Wallabies Test match that, quite frankly, most people have forgotten about, given the events of this week when it became apparent the Western Force would almost certainly be turfed out of Super Rugby next year.

    There is palpable animosity in the west towards the ARU board, headed by Cameron Clyne, as well as chief executive Bill Pulver, who has flown into town, no doubt hoping to keep his head down on the streets of Perth.

    West Australian senator Linda Reynolds is also angry and it was her motion put before the Senate on Wednesday that initiated an inquiry into the ARU, to try and get to the bottom of why the Force were put on the chopping block.

    Since then the ARU has released documents that include a timeline of events and the core reasons behind its decision, which has only made public now given it was bound by legal constraints throughout the year.

    Clyne expressed his bemusement at the inquiry on Thursday and on Friday it was Eales’ turn to question the appropriateness of public money being spent on putting the microscope over the ARU.

    “There’s nothing we can do to stop that but I know that there is nothing the ARU or the ARU board has got to hide,” Eales said. “People can go through that [document]. We’ve published everything. Go through that timeline and there’s detail.

    “I would seriously question whether there is a need for that [inquiry]. It’s not me making that decision [whether it should happen].

    “That timeline that the ARU have got on their website ??? paints it really clearly what actually happened through that process and articulates that very well.”

    Pulver, Clyne and Eales will attend the Wallabies match at nib Stadium against the Springboks and already fans are doing their best investigative work to find out where the ARU’s head honchos will be sitting.

    While the Wallabies are expected to be treated to a warm Perth welcome, the same cannot be said for ARU executives.

    “It’s hard to anticipate what things will be like [on Saturday],” Eales said. “Everyone involved in this, in every side of the issue, you’ve got people who have put their heart and soul into the game and that’s the tough thing.

    “Everyone is doing what they think is right. You have issues where there is going to be conflicting views on what people think is the right thing. Everyone has acted with that as a basis for their decision.

    “You’ve got to look at them as two separate issues. These Force guys have no involvement with any of the decisions; they’re just out there representing their country,” he said.

    “It’s important that people can express themselves and if they come out in their Western Force blue, that’s a great thing too because it’s a strong community here.”

    In the background of all this, the Wallabies have been preparing for what could be one of their most hard-fought matches in the Rugby Championship.

    The spotlight this week should have been solely on them and discussion around whether they can back-up a spirited showing in Dunedin a fortnight ago.

    Captain Michael Hooper conceded the elephant in the room had to be discussed, but does not believe it will be a distraction once the national anthems have been sung on Saturday.

    “It hasn’t been swept under the rug by any means,” Hooper said. “We dealt with it when that stuff happened earlier on in the week and obviously we supported the guys who it directly impacted.

    “It impacted all of us. The best way we can offer our support is by focusing on the common goal … and that’s this Test match.

    “Despite the tough times that have been had over here in WA, they’ve had some great support this week. Come tomorrow, I’m pumped to see them all turn out here … [in] whatever jersey they wear, supporting Australia in whatever way.”

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