Turner knocks McKenzie sacking



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Waratahs flying winger Lachie Turner has knocked the decision by NSW Rugby to end Ewen McKenzie’s contract at the end of the season describing it as “rushed and made too soon”.

Turner made his comments as McKenzie was traveling from Perth to Paris for a meeting with Stade Francaise owner Max Guazzini about the prospect of coaching the Paris-based Top 14 side from next season.

“The decision not to re-sign [McKenzie] wasn’t a great one from the board,” Turner told Rugbyheaven.

“The last two weeks we have shown the type of football we can play under him.”

McKenzie says that NSW Rugby chief executive Jim L’Estrange gave him his blessing to go to France for the interview and for him to miss this week’s preparations for the Lions in Sydney. Todd Louden is expected to take over training for this week.

McKenzie is scheduled to meet Guazzini on Tuesday and rejoin the Waratahs on Thursday..

“All the Lions analysis has been done. We watched the Lions [on Saturday],” McKenzie said.

“We have to actually work out who is going to play against us. But we have done a lot of work on them already. Everyone has a job to do.

“We run a regular [weekly] routine. We will stick to that and I will stay in contact via phone and email. I will be back in plenty of time. The way it is going now, we will probably have a day off training anyway [to recover from fatigue], but mostly it is just business as usual.

“We have nearly 40 years of experience on our staff. So if we can’t rely on that for one day then there’s something wrong.”

McKenzie also defended the decision to go to France now as the the contract window for securing coaching contracts in the northern hemisphere is extremely small.

McKenzie says that his trip had been rubber-stamped by L’Estrange. “It was all part of it when we mutually agreed on what needed to happen [at the Waratahs],” McKenzie said.

“That was one of my needs. I have to work out what I am going to do and sort it out. I am not a player. The player market is usually in one state or country or whatever. Unfortunately my opportunity is in a place that’s less convenient.

“I have got three kids and some big bills to pay. So I have to make sure [my future] is sorted. I tried to pick a week that is the least obtrusive. Everyone [at NSW Rugby] is on board.”

Asked if he has had time to consider the details of the French job, McKenzie – who spent much of the the flight from Sydney to Perth last Thursday studying his French phrase book – said: “I don’t really know much until I meet and talk ‘

“We will see how it pans out.”



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