Wallaby's costly 'night on the town'

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:47

REACTION: Nick Frisby has become the latest high-profile victim of his own lack of discipline on and off the field.

Reds coach Nick Stiles confirmed that the Wallaby scrumhalf has been axed because 'disciplinary' issues - which included a night out on the town and non-performance on the field.

Andrew Ready, who went drinking with Frisby and missed a recovery session following their defeat to the Hurricanes last week, was also axed from the matchday squad to face the Brumbies this coming Saturday.

Both were told to 'get into shape' in club rugby.

Stiles publicly shamed Frisby and Ready for their performance in Brisbane, when the Hurricanes raced away in the second half to win 34-15 - the Reds' fifth successive defeat.

was Frisby and Ready went out in Brisbane city after Stiles' scathing post-match rebuke and were absent the next morning at a team recovery session.

Stiles said it wasn't just the duo's night on town that cost them their places.

"I flagged straight after the game last week that I was disappointed with the bench's performance and it wasn't just that game,” Stiles said.

"Over the last couple of weeks in particular Andrew Ready and Nick Frisby's preparation hadn't been spot on.

"It takes so much to prepare well. It's tough to win Super Rugby and you can't just rock up on a Saturday and expect to win.

"It's the preparation you've got to put in Monday to Friday that sets you up to perform well and unfortunately for those two it hasn't been up to scratch.

It's been something I've been speaking to them both along the way and what I'm hoping now is that they'll go back to cub rugby and play at their club and I'm wanting to see a response from them.

"You look at them last year - both were starters - but there was no pressure on them to hold their starting position and they played well.

"This year with the added depth in the squad both of them were challenged for their starting positions and this year you've seen Stephen play and James Tuttle work exceptionally hard to come in and start. So it's a bit of a setback for them but hopefully, long-term this will be a blessing in disguise for them.

"I've been in Nick's shoes - I know what it's like to start your first year. Last year was really his first year as a starting at nine for us.

"Then to go away on a Wallabies year-end tour. It's a big year physically and mentally challenging and Nick has probably come back from that tour a little drained and that transferred into his preparation and how he's been performing.

"This is an opportunity for him to go back reassess and play some good football at club and gain some confidence again and then come back and contribute here with the Reds."

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