RugbyHeaven are running a CT story on the turmoil in the Brumbies captaincy with Stirling “Choker” Mortlock announcing to the national media that he doesn’t fancy being Brumbies skipper next season.
Mortlock revealed on Sunday he was considering stepping down from the captain’s role because he would be missing at least half the Super 14 season as he recovers from a shoulder reconstruction.
Fisher has responded with alarmingly direct language in the normally anodyne world of sports reporting.
“I haven’t had a discussion with him yet, so I guess I was surprised to read things in a national newspaper before we’ve had a discussion about them,” Fisher said, “That’s what surprises me, but if he feels that way it’s certainly more than legitimate given the amount of football he’s going to miss, but I’d prefer to have had a discussion first before reading it nationally.
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So far so interesting, but then he goes on to discuss his misgivings about letting the now legendary George Smith take the reins. Aside from all but calling George selfish Gandalf also suggests older players were really calling the shots:
“George is somebody who does understand the game and has got some good insights but rarely offers those, so it brought him out of his shell a little bit. But he had good assistance from your [Stephen] Larkhams,your Gregans, your Jeremy Pauls and that sort of assistance won’t be available through 2008.”
I guess two can play at negotiation via the media!
So if neither Stirling nor George, then who?