ABC Grandstand Press Pass: the World Cup is here!

Had a great time with a Press Pass on Francis Leach’s new show, Grandstand Weekender, in which we had a wonderful chat around the first weekend of the Cricket World Cup with renowned cricket writer Gideon Haigh, and Editor-in-chief of Wisden India, Dileep Premachandran..

 

ABC Grandstand: Beale not joining the Wallabies in Europe

Kurtley Beale and skipper Michael Hooper: their reunion will have to wait for the moment. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: Another rugby round-table discussion on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, where Francis Leach, Tim Gavel and myself tried to work out if we’re any closer to the truth in this whole ugly Kurtley Beale situation.

The truth is becoming harder and harder to recognise, as the misinformation campaigns continue, but there has at least been some sanity, with the news Beale will not join the Wallabies squad on the Spring Tour, as was widely expected when his re-eligibility was confirmed after his hearing on Friday.

 

ABC Grandstand: a mess of ARU proportions

Ewen McKenzie during Saturday night’s shock press conference, where he announced his immediate resignation as Wallabies coach. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: An early start for me this morning, with Francis Leach inviting Tim Gavel and myself along for an early morning round-table on the current mess gripping the Wallabies, following the shock departure of Ewen McKenzie on Saturday night.

With the focus now on who can possibly take over the Wallabies coaching job in such a short space of time (the squad departs for Europe on Friday morning), the focus will also start turning toward ARU CEO Bill Pulver, and what has gone down in Australian rugby on his watch.

It’s fair to say this mess is a long way from over…

 

ABC Grandstand: Just how will the Wallabies react to a fortnight of distraction?

Adam Ashley-Cooper literally raises the bat for his 100th Test, during the Wallabies team photo in Brisbane yesterday...

Adam Ashley-Cooper literally raises the bat for his 100th Test, during the Wallabies team photo in Brisbane yesterday…

ABC Grandstand Digital: It’s the $64 question facing the Wallabies, as Francis Leach and I discussed this morning on Grandstand Breakfast. Teams under siege can either use the carry-on to galvanise their resolve, or they can completely crumble under the spotlight.

After a fortnight of off-field distraction they’d rather quickly move on from, all eyes will be on the Wallabies tonight in the final Bledisloe Cup Test of the year, to see whether they dig in or capitulate.

Standing in the way of the Wallabies is an All Blacks side hell bent on redemption, after their last minute loss a fortnight ago in Johannesburg. So you know, good timing and all that…