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Brumby Jack nothing more than a show pony: Tah Man flies into mascot horseplay

Protecting his turf: Waratahs mascot Tah Man.

Protecting his turf: Waratahs mascot Tah Man. Photo: Supplied

Waratahs mascot Tah Man has weighed into the controversy over Brumby Jack's presence at the Super Rugby semi-final, declaring Allianz Stadium a showpony-free zone this weekend.

As the Brumbies and Waratahs tried desperately to defuse the furore surrounding Brumby Jack's sideline "ban", the high-strung NSW mascot could not help fanning the fire.  "I love animals and horses but I'm not a fan of showponies," Tah Man told Fairfax Media. 

Meanwhile, it emerged on Wednesday that the Brumbies themselves had been guilty of going to great lengths to protect their home-ground advantage. A spokesman confirmed Tah Man was denied access to Canberra Stadium in 2011, which worked against them when giant NSW second-rower Sitaleki Timani crossed for the match-winning try in the 80th minute.

Outcast: Brumby Jack has been relegated to the stands with the supporters this weekend.

Outcast: Brumby Jack has been relegated to the stands with the supporters this weekend. Photo: Jay Cronan

That fact alone should quell a potential Brumbies supporters' revolt on Saturday. But if not, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie provided another reason to dismiss the controversy as horseplay. McKenzie confirmed the Waratahs had denied sideline access to Brumby Jack before, in a regular season match during his reign. 

"This debate's actually happened before, so I'm familiar with it," McKenzie said. "Brumby Jack was consigned to the grandstand then, so there's some consistency. He'll do his best from the grandstand. That's what happens when you travel, you don't get all the mod-cons."

24 comments so far

  • Can they also ban Tah Man and every other US inspired mascot.

    Date and time
    July 23, 2014, 7:28PM
    • Yeah, and everything else that children might enjoy. Actually, can we just ban fun! Come on comrade 's, get behind me.

      Just relax
      Date and time
      July 24, 2014, 8:24AM
    • But doing weak imitations of America is what Australia does best...

      Date and time
      July 24, 2014, 4:08PM
  • Whilst it's likely to be a Show Pony free zone, there'll be 30'000 plus Chest Thumping Glory Seekers present.

    Dee Why
    Date and time
    July 23, 2014, 9:07PM
    • Its poor sportsmanship for the Waratahs to ban Brumby Jack from doing his thing on the sideline. It may go against the Waratahs because this kind of action may help motivate the Brumbies. What next? Will the Wallabies ban the All Blacks from doing the haka and singing the NZ National Athem, "God save our gracious queen…" before the Bledsloe Cup in Sydney in August? Donald

      Date and time
      July 23, 2014, 9:21PM
      • Pretty sure NZ hasn't sung that as a national anthem since 1977, and mascots should be removed from the game completely.

        Wollongong (currently Melbourne)
        Date and time
        July 24, 2014, 8:20AM
      • Now you're talking. Anthems sure. But why do we need to put up with the Haka.
        Means nothing to us . . . .
        Limit it to home games in NZ I say.

        Now you're talking
        Date and time
        July 24, 2014, 8:53AM
      • As a logical human being I have to completely disagree with everything you just said. Seriously, everything from your claim of poor sportsmanship to the suggestion that the banning of a gimmicky mascot is going to act as fuel to beat the most in form team in the competition is just wrong.

        Date and time
        July 24, 2014, 3:31PM
    • Tah man is rubbish.

      Bring back the Austrlaian Rugby Choir to Bruce stadium to inspire some true Canberra spirit! Brumby Jack is ok, but he's a poor substitute for 20 ageing prop forwards belting out 'Proud to be a Brumby' to the tune of 'Click go the shears'!

      Standing at the coalface taking on the best,
      Proud to be Australian with a Brumby on our chest!
      Date and time
      July 24, 2014, 12:03AM
      • At least Jack gets a start next week , Tar Man will be punching windows and making excuses . Just like the players , a puffed up ponce .
        What a limp wristed pack of wankers ? Picking on a horse . Where's the RSPCA ?
        It's a wonder they haven't banned Josie as well .
        Pleased to see The Messiah has found his roots at the Tut Tahs , after stuffing the Reds . With him on board they are bound to choke again .
        It will be a bit like a training run against the B Team for the Brumbies , with the likes of AAC , Nau ? , Hooper and Hoiles who couldn't cut it in the Capital .Thats a pity because we need a hard hit out before the serious bit starting next week .
        As HG would say " Am I being too harsh Roy " ?

        Up in Palmerland ?
        Date and time
        July 24, 2014, 7:58AM

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