15 July 2007

So Jeremy, when did you stop beating your wife?

| johnboy
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Greetings from the sunny south coast. Even here in this other eden a piece of blatant character assasination in the Sun Herald caught my eye.

It seems the reason the Brumbies’ Jeremy Paul can’t get selected for the Wallabies is fears he “has gone off the rails”.

Amidst rising clamour for Australia’s best hooker to actually be picked in the side despite the petty animousity of the morbidly obese coach “Knuckles” Connolly, the ARU has been forced into a rancid piece of PR positioning by muttering into Andrew Webster’s ear about their “concerns” for the star player.

Now I don’t know Jeremy Paul, and I’m sure he couldn’t pick me out of a line up, but I have happened to have been around him at numerous functions over the years and have to say I’ve never observed problem drinking.

(I should note that by problem drinking I’m a generous sort, a problem is vomitting in public, causing injury to oneself or others, or lacking the funds to pay for your order. Weenies who complain about anything else are frankly either prudes or perverts.)

He’s always appeared fully functional at early morning events that I’ve attended and few question his ability as a player (other than Knuckles who laughably told Paul he is “the worst scrummager out of the four Australian provinces and my lineout throwing was hit and miss”)

I’m also intrigued by the sly dig about Paul hooking up with a 19 year old at the Brumbies Mad Monday. As I was actually there for a fair chunk of the festivities I can say I didn’t see anything like that going on. Maybe he met her at 6 in the evening elsewhere? Or at 1am on a Monday night at the next bar they went to?

Maybe it did happen, it would take a braver man than me to start trying to establish fault in someone else’s marriage.

In any event shall we start penalising the careers of everyone else for their alleged extra-marital adventures? And publish the gossip about it in the newspaper?

Bad enough that petty personality disputes are leading to poor selections, but to leak venom to the media to try and cover arses is truly revolting.

And the ARU wonders why interest in the Wallabies is in decline.

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I agree with Terubo. Jeremy Paul is the most talented no 2 in the country.

He is significantly better in the open and at throwing than Stephen Moore and Sean Hardman, the inexplicably selected duds from Knuckles’ own wooden-spooning state. He is better at the set piece than Adam Freier and much better at everything than Tai McIsaac. He is somewhat better all-round at this stage than Tatafu Polota-Nau, although I have faith in the kid. We only saw Huia Edmonds once this year, playing for a Sth AFrican side in the Super 14, and he looked ok, but not as good as Jeremy Paul.

Oh for someone with brains and power to knock heads together and get him into the squad (provided that there is, as I hope, nothing to the rumours or that he is prepared to put down the glasses and get fit).

I think it’s ludicrous that Paul’s been overlooked, and until now hadn’t fathomed why…

Doesn’t sound as though he’s got any chance of making the WC squad. More’s the pity.

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