Cheika locks horns with ARU

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:58
Large michael cheika630

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has hit out at the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) after lock Kane Douglas was injured shooting an advertisement at a Wallabies logistics camp.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has hit out at the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) after lock Kane Douglas was injured shooting an advertisement at a Wallabies logistics camp.
 
Douglas was one of 49 players that travelled to Sydney for the camp where there was meant to be no rugby played, but rolled his ankle in a game of touch rugby for an advertisement and has been sidelined for two weeks.

Cheika was left perturbed as he had been told that there would not be any physical activity, and explained that the injury has hampered Douglas' pre-season preparations significantly.

He told AAP: "We were assured there would be no rugby content whatsoever and we've had a player injured shooting an advertisement without the correct strapping.

"He's now going to start the season with just two weeks of training - that type of stuff makes it hard to swallow. I understand mistakes can happen sometime but we can minimise them and that shouldn't be happening.

"That makes it very difficult to believe in the process when the details aren't being maintained correctly," added the Waratahs boss.

Cheika also made it clear that he was not happy with the ARU's plans to quarantine Wallaby players three weeks before the start of the British and Irish Lions tour as it will effectively rob him of his best players at a crucial stage of the season.

He said that as there was opposition to the plans from the franchises at a ARU high-performance unit (HPU) meeting late last year, the decision would be far from consultative if enforced.

"If we're taking a consultation approach and the view from all the states at the HPU meeting was this shouldn't happen," Cheika said.

"If we're not being incorporated in the decision, then make the decision and be accountable for it."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 18 February 2018
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Ricoh Arena
Dragons v Treviso 15h30 Rodney Parade
Mon, 19 February 2018
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 14h45 Port Elizabeth
Maties v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Cape Town
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 16h30 Cape Town
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
Fri, 23 February 2018
Dragons v Edinburgh 22h00 Rodney Parade
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Reds 08h45 Melbourne
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 1 1 0 0 4
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0
RELATED ARTICLES