WRU release findings of Ruddock report: ‘Worse things happen at sea’
The WRU have presented their findings
Posted March 1st, 2006
Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Lewis has presented his union’s findings after the investigation into the debacle of the Mike Ruddock affair.
After Ruddock’s shock departure from the position of head coach for Wales in the middle of the Six Nations, Lewis wasted no time in launching a thorough investigation into the incident.
WRU chairman David Pickering, who had control over much of the study, announced the findings of the report to a packed press conference at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.
‘After an in-depth and soul-searching investigation by myself and Steve Lewis,’ said the former Welsh international, ‘I can assure the Welsh rugby public that despite the crisis Welsh rugby is going through at the moment, and despite concerns that much of this was brought on by poor management at the WRU, much, much worse things happen at sea.’
Pickering then took the assembled press corps through a powerpoint presentation of various twentieth-century naval disasters.
‘You think losing your head coach in the middle of the Six Nations is bad?’ said Pickering. ‘Imagine being all adrift at sea with engine trouble, no radio power, out of date medical supplies and no fresh water. Those kind of things happens at sea. I’m sure you can see that, in comparison to this sort of thing, the WRU acted professionally on this occasion.’
Following on from our exclusive report concerning the WRU’s recent press conference (click here), The East Terrace can bring you exclusive coverage of the WRU’s investigation into the whole Mike Ruddock affair. Amongst the findings presented to the media in the forty-page dossier, we can bring you the following conclusions reached by the WRU:
David Pickering finished the press conference by asking the Welsh rugby public to move on from an affair which, when compared to the many and various tragedies that occur at sea, was ‘of no importance’.
Meanwhile, chief executive Steve Lewis announced plans to lead 70,000 Welsh fans at the Italian fixture next Saturday in a mass rendition of the Monty Python song ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.’