They say in life that timing is everything and if it wasn’t bad enough having Steve Tew’s recent PR gaffes bring to life the metaphor of ‘going down the toilet’, we now have a literal meaning brought to it with Aaron Smith and his lavatory detour with an as-yet unknown female at Christchurch airport. What’s next, someone in a broom cupboard a la Boris Becker?
Tew wisely hasn’t tried to indirectly condone the incident such as in the Losi Filipo incident when he explained that with 150,000 active males involved in playing Rugby in New Zealand there was bound to be the odd incident and a bit of letting off of steam. Quite, Steve. Go you good thing.
If it were in Smith’s mind to consider sticking around to beyond the 2019 World Cup, his chances of being a contender to succeed Kieran Read have now been virtually flushed away-when his bosses mentioned the possibility of one day ascending to the throne he definitely got his wires crossed a bit.
There must be all kinds of temptations brought your way as a high-profile and clean cut-looking All Black, but why would you risk it all in this day and age of social media? And what is it anyway about Christchurch airport and furtive detours? Remember Bullfrog Brownlee?
They talk about toilet training, but this is just ridiculous. The heat in NZ Rugby’s present kitchen of disreputableness has suddenly just gone up a few degrees more.
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