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Should George Gregan be apologising?

By 21 March 2012 5

The normally sensible Spiro Zavos is demanding on The Roar that Canberra’s George Gregan apologise for his crimes against rugby now that he’s been elevated to the ARU Board:

This brings us to the dark side of the Gregan appointment.

Gregan was one of the ring leaders, along with the then Wallaby captain Phil Kearns, the All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick and Zinzan Brooke, and the Springboks captain Francois Pienaar in trying to take the game away from the IRB, the ARU, the NZRU and the SARU.

I was at the Sydney Test between the Wallabies and the All Blacks in 1995 after the Rugby World Cup tournament, when Kearns made his disquieting speech to the fans asking them to understand why the players were going down a path that seemed difficult for fans to understand.

I stood with Sir Brian Lochore, the manager of the All Blacks, an icon of the game. He looked across the field and in the saddest of voices wondered out loud if he and the rest of us had watched our last Bledisloe Cup Test.

An hour or so later the All Blacks, with the exception of Jonah Lomu, Jeff Wilson and Josh Kronfeld, signed contracts to play in a rugby circus being promoted by Kerry Packer.

Sources told me that Kearns and Gregan and others put tremendous pressure on younger players in the Wallabies to go along with them. Eales was not allowed into meetings with the team. This great man, on and off the field, was derided as ‘old yellow back.’

Considering George Gregan was only 22 in 1995 it’s a little hard to imagine the green half was exercising much pressure on the rest of the team back then.

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5 Responses to Should George Gregan be apologising?
#1
pptvb12:47 pm, 21 Mar 12

This clown has always hated Gregan.
He called for Gregans sacking just about every week of his playing career, without any real reasoning.
I think it basically boiled down to the fact Gregan was a Brumbie, not a Waratard.

#2
shaun3:28 pm, 21 Mar 12

“The normally sensible Spiro Zavos …”
Sorry, you lost me there.

#3
Eyeball In A Quart J4:11 pm, 21 Mar 12

Spiro stopped being sensible a long time ago, and most of his articles resort to trolling the other rugby nations.

It’s a massive stretch, particularly when Gregan was going along with what the majority of the players were doing at the time.

#4
davjp4:22 pm, 21 Mar 12

Who cares, its in the past. The game really needs to look at getting rid of all the boring kicking. I watch it sometimes and think I am watching AFL *Yawn*.

Get rid of 3 point penalties and take them back to 1 point. I want to see open rugby not boring kicking every 5 seconds.

#5
VicePope4:47 pm, 21 Mar 12

Spiro, and the other SMH troll, Greg Growden have run a consistent anti-Gregan line, whatever he did. Difficult to see why they picked on him, rather than so many others. Fact is they don’t like anything out of the ACT (something that, for this purpose, includes Quangers) and think suburban rugby in Sydney is heaven. The SMH is not a bad paper, but its rugby coverage is like a family Christmas newsletter.

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