The Brumbies saga: what happened and when

On the field, everything's going swimmingly for the Brumbies. Off the field, however... Image: ABC Grandstand

On the field, everything’s going swimmingly for the Brumbies. Off the field, however… Image: ABC Grandstand

Rugby News (Australia): Are you having trouble keeping up with the whole mess currently threatening the Brumbies? You’re not alone, and with the situation changing almost by the minute at times earlier this week, it has been difficult to fully get around the key events that led to CEO Michael Jones being stood down this week.

Jones was sensationally relieved of his duties on Monday night, after an extraordinary interview with Tim Gavel on 666 ABC Canberra last Saturday. In an interview initially designed to put an end to the rumours and speculation that had been circling Jones and Brumbies board in recent weeks.

So how did we get to this point? Here’s a chronology of events to date…

Audio Highlights – Brumbies thump Hurricanes in season opener

Brumbies' Argentinean scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli scored his first Super Rugby try last night, in the Brumbies' big win. Image: ABC Grandstand

Brumbies’ Argentinean scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli scored his first Super Rugby try last night, in the team’s big win over the Hurricanes. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand: The Brumbies have started their 2016 Super Rugby season in grand style, smashing the Hurricanes seven tries to one, 52-10 in Canberra last night. Check out the full set of ABC Grandstand highlights and all my post-match interviews here below…

So here’s a little something I’ve been working on…

In the 666 studio, hosting Canberra Grandstand last weekend. A really enjoyable experience after plenty of nerves and training stuff-ups along the way.

In the 666 studio, hosting Canberra Grandstand last weekend. A really enjoyable experience after plenty of nerves and training stuff-ups along the way.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been cramming and practising and buggering up and re-learning how to be a radio presenter, for 666 ABC Canberra.

Culminating in me hosting Canberra Grandstand in the sizable radio shoes of Tim Gavel on Saturday 16 and 23 of January, it was an unbelievable experience that I’m thrilled to have a). jumped at in the first place, and b). pulled off in a somewhat professional manner!

I do hope to have a clip or clips in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I must express my sincere thanks to Chris Coleman for his patience and expert button-pressing tutelage along the way, and to 666 Station Manager Andrea Ho for her encouragement and support. It was nerve-wracking as hell to begin with, but amazingly satisfying once I’d done it..

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.