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Wales Considered Cheating
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Posted October 18, 2011 at 8:51AM
The fact that it was even a thought, let alone discussed, is disgraceful and in my view does no credit to Wales, their coach, or Rugby Union in general.
Cheating apppears to be becoming endemic in so many professional so-called sports.
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Posted October 20, 2011 at 8:25PM
FE "I have no way of knowing what was said, and by whom."
Exactly! In the original recording I think the expression used was "..it was discussed..", specifically not "I had discussed...".
So it may have been a case that an assistant had said, "..shall we do such and such", and Gatland simply said "No".
That scenario would have fitted, and so to still heap condemnation on him is, to my mind, unjustified, when, as you rightly say, we have no way of knowing 'what was said by whom'.But he did still tell the truth - a rare commodity? Or would we all be better off not knowing when cheating was thought about or discussed in all sport? Ignorance is bliss?
I think we may have to agree to disagree on this one.
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Posted October 21, 2011 at 7:43AM
The 'discussion' could still have been as I suggested - as FE says, none of us actually know.
He was honest enough to say there had been such a thing, can you even imagine how many rugby coaches have had these 'discussions' and simply never owned up? But, of course, we cannot castigate them because we were never aware ( OK to do it as long as you keep quiet afterwards - ethically, an interesting premise!).
Gatland was honest about it, perhaps a breath of fresh air in the game of rugby? Or do we prefer these things just take place in secret, "if you don't tell us then we can still feel virtuous about the game?"
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