Friday 15 February 2019

We all make poor calls: Browne

IRFU’s Philip Browne
IRFU’s Philip Browne

It is close to unbelievable that the IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne, the Performance Director David Nucifora and/or Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald did not stand up and fight against the signing of Gerbrandt Grobler.

The decision to allow Munster to employ the convicted drugs cheat for taking steroids was unacceptable for the message it posts out to parents, players and stakeholders. Browne was the first to admit "that there was knowledge of his background" yesterday.


The criticism should be aimed at the IRFU and Munster for under-cutting the supposed "zero-tolerance policy" in place in Ireland.

There is something seriously amiss when Browne needs the vision of hindsight to realise this was a gross error of judgement.

"We're all guilty of making poor decisions," he said.

Why did Fitzgerald not face the media at the Munster press conference?

Why were Conor Murray and Peter O'Mahony put out to defend Grobler?

Where has Fitzgerald been all this time?

The will and need to win should never come at all costs.

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