In a move that will please fans of passive-aggressive behavior worldwide, NSW Waratahs chairman Roger Davis has dropped a not-so-subtle hint that he’d prefer a more skillful number 10 in his side.
“What you’d give for a Beauden Barrett or someone that could actually give us that depth of play.”
Incumbent Waratahs and Wallabies fly half Bernard Foley might feel pretty aggrieved about this particular remark, given that he’s had to work behind a pack that’s struggled to gain any ascendency all season. Besides, it was only two seasons ago that he guided the Wallabies to a World Cup final and three since his heroics sealed a maiden Super Rugby title for the Waratahs.
But Davis is very much from the ‘what have you done for me lately’ school of thought, judging by the rest of his comments. He describes Sydney fans as ‘fickle’, that ‘no one likes Friday night games’ and that players have ‘faded dramatically’.
However, both he and Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper have thrown their support behind embattled coach Daryl Gibson.
Hooper was quoted as saying: “There’s complete support behind Daryl and he’s the direction forward for this club.”
Gibson might want to change gears in the off season though, 2017 has been one of the worst ever for the Waratahs. They’ve won only four games this year, enduring a hiding last weekend to the Jaguares. They end their season tonight in Perth, where they’ll take on the Force.
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