Rugby Australia Chairman Cameron Clyne has today addressed the media in a somewhat farcical press conference during the December board meeting in Sydney at Rugby Australia Headquarters.
Clyne explained the Board had received a presentation from Michael Cheika debriefing the results of the Wallabies year and data from his assistants. He said that a ‘thorough review process’ had to be completed before plotting a way forward but they had all the information they need.
Clyne advised the media that he ‘isn’t in a position to elaborate’ however stated that the process ‘would be done by Christmas’.
The press conference lasted a total of forty-five seconds before Clyne explained he ‘had to go back to the Board meeting’. He did not open the floor for questioning and abruptly departed after thanking the press for turning up.
An exasperated member of the press could be heard saying ‘wow’ on camera audio shortly after Clyne left.
The reaction on social media was not kind, with many wondering what the point of the press conference was for.
“You are taking the piss aren’t you?” one commenter wrote, another lamented “what a dud”.
Thanks to the board of Rugby Australia for slipping in one last disappointment before the end of 2018.
— Hugh Cavill (@hughcavill) December 10, 2018
I'm sorry Clyne, but "It'll be done by Christmas" is not a press conference. Its an inter-office memo about when the tree will be up.
The fans want to know what is going on. No wonder they are switching off, when you carry on like this#Clyne #RugbyAustralia
— Mr Jackson (@JJacko11) December 10, 2018
The press conference left every question unanswered. It is still unclear up whether Michael Cheika will remain as Wallabies head coach, or if any of his assistants will be let go.
Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne addressed the media earlier this afternoon with a December board meeting update.
Posted by rugby.com.au on Sunday, 9 December 2018
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