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Coach Mitchell to be Forced out?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 29 Sep 2008 at 07:00
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Australian Super 14 outfit Western Force are reportedly in turmoil after some of the team’s senior players fell out with their belligerent coach John Mitchell.

Rugby 365 reports that according to the Sunday Telegraph, Mitchell faces a possible player revolt after personality clashes between the former All Black coach and some of the team’s key players escalated to near breaking point.

The drama has allegedly split the Force dressing room, and some of the team’s key players have reportedly compiled a ‘dossier’ of gripes against Mitchell.

This document will be presented to the Western Force board at their next meeting, via player representative board member John Wellborn.

“I caught up with the players recently and also the CEO Greg Harris and had a chat about any issues they’ve got,” Wellborn told the Sunday Telegraph.

“The players have got a number of issues. Some of those are around the coaching structure, some of them are around administration.

“The players are very keen to do well next year and to have some input into how that can happen.

“One of the standard items on the agenda of any board meeting is a report from the players.”

The problems at the Force have seemingly been a long time coming, and a bust-up between Mitchell and the players allegedly occurred during the Force’s final Super 14 game of the season – a home match against the Brumbies in May.

During the half-time break, Mitchell stormed out of the changing room, which allegedly caused star flyhalf Matt Giteau to call on a team-mate to “lock the door behind him”.

The matter will now have to be resolved by the Western Force board, and Chief Executive Greg Harris is keen to keep the details of the issue in-house.

“If there are any issues with the players, and I’m not saying there are, then at the end of the day they’ll have to come through me to go to the board,” Harris said.

“If there was to be anything handed to me, it would be something I would be handling internally and not something I’d be making a comment on at this stage.

“At this stage there’s been nothing presented to me formally whatsoever and until such time as there is, there’ll be nothing out of the board.”

However, another Force official, Team Manager Mitch Hardy, denied any lingering problems between the players and their hot-tempered coach.

“Not one of them mentioned any issues at all with the coach,” Hardy said, referring to the end-of-year reviews he conducted with the Force players.

“You get a bit of scuttlebutt every now and then, there was the whole incident with the Brumbies, but other than that there’s been nothing.”


  • Here you go Lions. here’s your chance to spend some of the Coke money wisely and get a coach who believes in substitutes at the same time. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.09.08 07:14:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Apprently Mitchell has a very low tolerance to his players’ drinking after games. This apparently because the players have little tolerance to alcohol. Remember the Quokka (sp??) incident. Last year if I recall their No 8 was suspended after having drunk like 3 beers after a game after Sunday alcohol testing revealed he had drunk more than his quota.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.09.08 08:32:14 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) : 3 BEERS! ❗ ❓ shocking

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.09.08 10:00:02 by PJLD Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) : What’s their quota?

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.09.08 10:03:36 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : No idea, I assume 1??

    I read up somewhere that the ozzie sportsmen go on drinking binges, 6 months of boozing in 1 night. I think it was an over-reaction to all that and that Quokka incident by the force guys in a preseason training camp.

    That if they couldn’t handle their booze, then the policy was NO BOOZE. Or one beer?

    Funny enough, when was the last alcohol-related incident with a Sharks player newsworthy?

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.09.08 10:08:42 by Baldrick Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 3) :

    i dont think you will EVER be able to play in ANY of his teams… 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.09.08 10:20:48 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 5) : Binge drinking, something the Poms love too. 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.09.08 10:27:31 by McLovin Reply

  • Although David Boon, the Ozzie cricketer is reputed to have drunk something like 37 cans of beer on a flight from Oz to UK once…

    That’s about 2 months worth of drinking in my books….

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.09.08 11:41:03 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) : Wasn’t it Keppler who brought that to our attention when the Proteas had a bit of a spliff,he was binge drinking is fine, but heaven forbid sparking up a spliffie.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.09.08 11:48:19 by PJLD Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 5) : James Small

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.09.08 11:56:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) : That’s like half a can a day over 2 months 😯

    I’m pretty sure I drink more than that. But I don’t binge. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.09.08 12:20:09 by McLovin Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) :

    It IS rather a long flight….no? 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.09.08 12:39:36 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Here we go, off Wikipedia (I was a little off the mark):

    He famously vomited on the Adelaide Oval in a WSC game in 1988 before a live national television audience of millions (he went on to make 122 and win Man Of The Match). He has also been popular for his drinking exploits and singing of team songs.

    Boon achieved much fame and notoriety for consuming 52 cans of beer on a flight from Sydney to London[9] before the victorious 1989 Ashes tour that saw Australia regain the trophy after five years of English dominance; the previous record had been held by Rod Marsh, who it is believed consumed 45 cans, although there is conjecture as to whether Marsh actually finished can #45, and some believe his attempt only equalled the record of 44 cans set by Doug Walters. Another passionate report of said record claims Boon finished 54 drinks totalling around 19.5 litres of beverages @ 5% alcohol (per 375ml serve), the majority of which consumed at such an altitude that the effects of the alcohol were doubled [10]. Boon is often jokingly referred to as the “Keg on Legs” because of his legendary drinking exploits and dogged, iconoclastic batting displays. He is a unique interview guest, often giving short, clipped, amiable answers to every question.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.09.08 13:21:29 by Baldrick Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 4) :

    At least 7 beers from the first 22 needs to be sculled…

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.09.08 13:28:32 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 13) : 19.5 litres. 😯 That can’t be good for you.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.09.08 13:47:58 by McLovin Reply

  • Judging by the Ashes success, all that carbo-loading must have worked!

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.09.08 13:52:54 by Baldrick Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 15) :

    Ag man, moet nou nie maak of jy nog nooit jou beste shot op so attempt gegee het nie… 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.09.08 14:01:43 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • ANyone wanting to read more, visit: http://www.thefanatics.com/content.php?id=330

    This is long, but an excellent read, well worth the effort!

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.09.08 14:02:07 by Baldrick Reply

  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 17) : Ek gee altyd my beste. 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.09.08 14:25:52 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 19) :

    Ek se altyd…solank jy net jou beste gee…trots op jou! 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.09.08 14:29:19 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 13) : 😯 One whole weekend’s supply on a single trip 😯 …for a sportsman ???

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.09.08 14:47:01 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 20) : Thanks Ma. You know what they say:

    Agteros kom ook in die kraal. 😳

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.09.08 14:50:06 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 22) :

    Agteros omlat hy dalk ‘n bottelstoor op ‘n vlug probeer uitsuip?? 😆

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.09.08 14:54:50 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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