I knew Michael Cheika was cut from a different cloth than the normal Rah Rah Royal Blue. My heart soared when he bounded up onto the podium after the Waratahs’ win wearing beautiful bone slip-ons, baggie trakkies and a winter coat. It was a strong statement. It was Gold Coast meets Lazy Bones. It said it’s not what I look like, it’s what I do.
‘Checks’ obviously does not believe in the corporate camouflage stuff unlike some within the rugby hierarchy. You know the stuff – the herringbone harrys and the busted brat boating hoes that seep of privilege without performance. These winter wonder skids that self-proclaim and herd together in a congratulatory conga line whenever the team comes out to play. As these chinless charlies enter into never-ending spiral of pretentious conceit our man “Checks’ has no need to pretend.
This fella is not a one-trick pony. Due to his language skills (French/Italian) he landed a job with Cullottes Dinnigan and later started his own business called ‘Live Fashion’. Yeah right. I mean if anyone had a chance to put on the Armani it was Checks. But he didn’t.
Born to Lebanese parents between Redfern and Coogee he cut his teeth playing for NSW and had coaching stints in France and Italy. He is considered a thoughtful coach – a man of passion who can sometime border on the highly emotional without the Bundy drip. He is up now for Coach of the ‘Wallies’ and no doubt will head off on Friday. He will not only make a fist of it but he will put his whole, thoughtful and honest body to the wheel. However there is a lot of cleaning to do.
Bill ‘The Pill’ Pulver spoke of the “core values of our game” on Saturday night after the resignation of Ewen McKenzie. Oh please spare me the syrup. I wrote some time ago that Ewie didn’t seem to be the man for the job. However I take no pleasure in his demise as I believe he has been treated shabbily.
While ‘The Pill’ blamed the media for all of the mess there is something very wrong here within ARU world. There is a ‘flaming edgar’ simmering at the door of the ARU. The Pill and others have sat on their hands for far too long and have refused to put it out.
There are no ‘core’ values in the game if players can completely dictate the terms of engagement. The petulant performance of Hooper and others within the team who blindly supported the disgraceful acts of text treachery by Beale need to be sent packing. I don’t give a flying fruit bat about who may have or has not been converting behind the sheds nor do I care for those allegedly talented dicks who spoil then demand preferential treatment by the panderers.
Beale, Hooper and anyone else who cares to can toad-off overseas and play for any team that has the ego and cash capacity to contain them. These ego-enlarged players have lost the right to play for our country because they considered themselves to be more important than the team.
Good luck Checks and don’t lose the ‘bone beauties’ fella.