It what seems to suggest that coaches may be interested in what fans have to say than they are given credit for, an Australian fan who took to his social media account to rant after seeing his team lose 24-19 to Scotland has received a call from the coach of the team.
The Australian rugby team lost its three-match winning streak against Scotland following a 19-24 loss few days ago, as Gregor Townsend’s claimed victory despite the absence of influential players like Tommy Seymour, Grey Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg.
The shock result resulted in Wallabies fan, Jack Quigley, taking to his facebook account to post an 800-word rant, calling the performance “a disgrace”, while calling to question the integrity and passion of the players, and offering to travel to Brisbane to speak to the Wallabies.
“I’m a pleb. I’m a nobody,” Quigley posted, according to the BBC. “My opinion on rugby counts for the square root of f-all in the grand scheme of things.
“But I’ve got one thing. Passion. Passion for the game of rugby. And for the Wallabies. And you can’t deny me that. Despite your best efforts.
“When I was a kid – hell, even now, I would’ve given my left nut just to pull on a Wallabies jumper, but when I see you guys run out, I feel like you don’t care.
“I’m willing to drive to Brisbane this week and address the squad. For 15 minutes. That’s all I’ll need. Then I’ll turn around and drive home again. Because I feel like you’ve lost touch with the common man,” he added
His rant got the attention of manager, Michael Cheika, who says coaches aren’t perfect, and feel same way as fans. He also went on to give the furious Quigley a call.
“I spoke to the gentleman and gave him a ring because I think it’s important that we talk to the fans,” Cheika said.
“When we come out to pressers and say that we want to make the fans proud – that’s not lip service – we do.
“We’re not perfect at it sometimes but I think that he’s expressed how he is feeling after the game and I don’t think it would be too far away from – maybe not in the detail – but not too far away from how some of us were feeling about it as well.
“I spoke to him about some of the things that we are feeling, what we are trying to do around it and what some of those things are in the background.
“We’re feeling the same thing as fans,” he added.
Speaking further, Cheika said Quigley’s rant has been pinned to the wall of the dressing room.
“We put the post up on the wall and that was pretty confronting for a few of the guys because they hadn’t seen it – it was pretty heavy in some ways,” the 50-year-old said.
“That’s the message there and then,” he added.
Jack Quigley is an amateur player and coach.