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White to Robinson: you don't vote, you work

RUCK & MAUL

None of your business ... Brumbies coach Jake White has called on Waratahs' Benn Robinson to concentrate on his game, not who is next boss will be.

None of your business ... Brumbies coach Jake White has called on Waratahs' Benn Robinson to concentrate on his game, not who is next boss will be. Photo: Getty Images

Brumbies coach Jake White has reacted to comments by Waratahs skipper Benn Robinson that the NSW players want to be involved in finding Michael Foley's coaching replacement. Robinson said this week it was important the Waratahs players were part of the process in finding Foley's successor. White, the former Springboks and World Cup-winning coach, was interviewed by John Morrison for the ABC's national digital rugby show - Front Row Rugby - which airs today. ''I'd say just focus on being a player, Benn, and concentrate on the things that you need to concentrate on,'' he said. ''When you join a company you can't then ask the person interviewing you whether you can have a say in who the CEO is or the chairman of the group are - you join a company and you put your head down and do what you have to.'' Next year's Waratahs-Brumbies clash should be a doozie.

Michael-go-round

The push for Michael Cheika to take over as Waratahs coach continues, but we hear he will return to Sydney only if several important people are involved at Moore Park. For this to happen some Waratahs waxwork figures would have to depart. There is also substantial support for former All Blacks coach and now Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith taking Foley's place. Our Kiwi snouts tell us Smith and the Tahs have been in contact, and so another New Zealand coach could soon be part of the Australian rugby environment. Then there are those adamant Alan Gaffney will take over from Foley. One coaching team revealed yesterday revolved around Gaffney (head coach and backs coach), Greg Mumm (lineout, breakdown and defence), Mark Bell (scrum) and Scott Bowen (team manager). A high-profile player has also been named as part of this coaching team, but we're not certain if he is actually aware he is part of the contingent. And the exodus from Waratahland continues: Michael Garnett, the marketing and partnerships general manager, is leaving at the end of the month.

Town's coldest ticket

The Waratahs awards night looms. After a dreadful season, and Foley, team manager Chris Webb and chairman Eddie Zemancheff having departed, some believe it could be the shortest awards function in the history of the code. As one media wag told R@M: ''What are they going to serve? Two-minute noodles?''

Peninsular line-up

The Manly Daily came up with a smart idea a few days ago. The newspaper devised a ''God's Country XV'' involving players from the peninsula that could double as a very competitive NSW team - and perhaps even be able to beat the Tahs. The line-up is: Mark Gerrard (c), Tom Kingston, Andrew Smith, Pat McCabe, Robbie Coleman, Sam Lane, Brett Sheehan, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Hugh Pyle, Cadeyrn Neville, Jono Owen, Josh Mann-Rea, Pek Cowan. Reserves: Josh Holmes, Beau Robinson, Luke Holmes, Elvis Taione, Salesi Manu, Eddie Aholelei, George Smith. Coaches: Tim Lane and Sam Harris. As Lane told the paper: ''That's not a bad side, is it?''

A toast with Sherry

The Australian Rugby Union appointed its first woman to the board last month in Ann Sherry. Now a partnership between the ARU and UN Women Australia has led to a Hilton Hotel lunch on August 17, the day before the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney. Lisa Wilkinson is MC, and the ARU is running a competition to reward some of the unsung female heroes of rugby. See rugby.com.au.

Rumours

A high-ranking Australian provincial official got very tired and emotional on a recent flight, to the extent he was contacted by police over his behaviour. The same person is renowned for falling asleep during meetings. And no, it's not Radio.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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