Gone. The Force is with the players. So unlike Australian rugby. We have been here before; wild Horses, and all that.
“Player power has resulted in the Western Force parting ways with coach Richard Graham, with a three-pronged team to take the reins for the remainder of the Super Rugby season.
Graham was initially slated to see out the season with the Force despite announcing earlier in the week he would join the Queensland Reds as head coach from next year.
A number of Force players were unhappy with the situation, and put pressure on the board to cut ties with Graham before next week’s home clash with the Stormers.
Graham conducted a training session on Friday morning but, just hours later, was told his services were no longer required.”
Force defence coach and former rugby league star Phil Blake, who is also skills coach at the Wallabies, will join Nick Stiles and Andrew Scotney on a “coaching panel” for the rest of the season.
Captain David Pocock and club stalwart Nathan Sharpe will also provide “additional resources”, according to a Force statement.
The dramatic development only adds to the Force’s woes in what has become a forgettable season.”
Hustlin & Ploddin