Win, lose, or draw it never used to matter what the result of a game was. In France and the top 14 competition, it now seems to be win win win…. Or you’re fired!
This is what it seems like to me, especially after Jean-Pierre Elissalde’s brief reign as coach of struggling French Top 14 club Bayonne ended on Sunday 15th January.
He resigned, having presided over just three games- a 16-16 draw with Castres, a 30-15 defeat by Toulouse and a 27-20 loss to Bordeaux-Begles.
Just one look at Toulon for the 11/12 season and you will see an almost full change, with big names such a Wilkinson and Giteau attracted by the ridiculous sums of money being offered.
Of course there is also the other side with players like Fotu Auelua getting the opportunity to play overseas. Starting in humble beginnings in Australia playing for his local club and NSW country before he was picked up by Toulon and now we will be lucky to see him in action for the Brumbies this Super Rugby season.
And of course who could forget the Rugby League convert, Willie Mason being dropped from his contract for poor performance… After playing just 73 minutes this season. Some would say just desserts, but really, after just 73 minutes??
So this really makes me wonder: can money buy loyalty? Or is it all a matter of he who has the most money, wins?