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Jones offers Henjak English club lifeline


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Tri Nations on 21 Feb 2008 at 10:44

Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones says he is prepared to offer disgraced Western Force scrumhalf Matt Henjak a chance to resurrect his career in England, reports said Thursday.

ones, soon to become director of rugby at English club Saracens, said he supported the ruling of the Rugby WA’s conduct committee that Henjak should be sacked for attacking teammate Haig Sare at a Perth bar earlier this month.But Jones said he would be willing to take Henjak, who earned four national caps during his time as Wallabies’ coach, should the 26-year-old scrumhalf be eligible to play in Europe.

Jones, who sent Henjak home from the Wallabies’ 2005 tour of South Africa after an off-field disciplinary issue, said he was ready to give the troubled player another chance.

“I would give him another chance if the circumstances were right, no hesitation,” Jones told Thursday’s <I>Sydney Morning Herald</I>.

“He deserves the punishment but still deserves to have a future as a footballer.”

Jones said he knew Henjak had a problem with alcohol, which led to his becoming the first Wallaby in 40 years to be sent home from a tour after a nightclub incident in Cape Town three years ago.

But he said he felt Henjak had then “turned the corner” and so selected him for the end-of-season Wallabies tour the same year.

“Matt is essentially a good kid. But it is true, there have been a number of alcohol-related incidents,” Jones said.

“And I did sense that he had an issue then [in 2005]. We sought to address the problem. He came on the Wallabies tour later that year and played well, especially against Ireland.

“We thought he had turned the corner. But it seems now that the corner was just too far away.”

Jones has urged the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) not to abandon Henjak.

Henjak may know this week whether his time in Australian rugby is officially up with the ARU to decide his fate.

The ARU said it is going through the transcript from the conduct committee’s hearing, which recommended that the Western Force scrumhalf be sacked because of his attack on Sare, which left the utility back with a broken jaw.

www.rugby365.com



28 Comments

  • What a waste of a good player. What is wrong with these guys?

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.08 10:55:25 by Nessa Reply
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  • Run Henjak run, Eddie the legend is calling… :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.08 10:57:14 by Charlie Reply
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  • “We thought he had turned the corner. But it seems now that the corner was just too far away.”

    Sounds like the Stormers

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.08 10:58:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob,

    Ignorance of warning signs on their way… :shock:

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.08 11:02:41 by Charlie Reply

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  • RD – :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.08 11:03:46 by Nessa Reply

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  • Big fan of his, but dammit,how much chances are you going to throw away.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.08 11:11:55 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • PJLD,

    So you do have a liking for the Sharks… :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.08 11:13:47 by Charlie Reply

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  • Well i like them more than i like the bulls.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.08 11:19:59 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • PJLD,

    Good stuff, who actually like bulls…Fat, clumpsy, stupid & to top it all arrogant… :shock:

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.08 11:21:37 by Charlie Reply

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  • Prov – my thoughts exactly!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.08 11:23:00 by Nessa Reply

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  • Jip, great minds think alike… :cool:

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.08 11:23:59 by Charlie Reply

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  • Nessa,

    I see you stick to “Prov” rather then “PJLK” :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.08 11:24:48 by Charlie Reply

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  • hehehe howsit nessa :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.08 11:29:40 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Charlie – I thought you were my friend!!! Was hoping nobody would notice. :oops:

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.08 11:30:02 by Nessa Reply

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  • True friends differ… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.08 11:37:45 by Charlie Reply

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  • PJLD,

    How about the nickname “paddaboutjies” for Freddie Michalak :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.02.08 11:42:17 by Charlie Reply

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  • Charlie – he has a very cute butt! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.02.08 11:44:11 by Nessa Reply

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  • padda for short!

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.02.08 11:45:19 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Eish, what have I started now… :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.02.08 12:03:33 by Charlie Reply

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  • Sheesh, Henjak has a history of drink related incidents and now he is being offered a position in the land of “local” and with the tradition of “fit as many in as possible before 11″. :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.02.08 12:45:08 by Ollie Reply

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  • just hope to God he doesn’t come and live in Kent…

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.02.08 12:45:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob,

    Perhaps a buddy to “dop” with… :roll:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.02.08 12:49:57 by Charlie Reply

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  • He really has pushed his luck, Cameron Shepard was much the same but it seemed he sucked it up and turned it around. Henjack is a good player, but the amount of damage he has done to his name is mind boggling – i am not surprised by the cancellation of his contract !

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.02.08 12:54:29 by Sauce Reply
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  • :lol:
    Freddie ” Padda” Michalak

    Not as catchy as Beeeeeaaaast!

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.02.08 12:58:33 by blackshark Reply

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  • I don’t want to dop with him… he’ll punch me in the head the moment I let my guard down!

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.02.08 13:00:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.02.08 13:01:11 by Charlie Reply

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  • Hey Robbie,

    Check your mail dude.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.02.08 13:10:15 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Vin – 10 points for enthusiasm, dude ;)

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.02.08 13:16:47 by robdylan Reply
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