Memo from the Chairman NSWRFU to Bob Dire (Friday, 10th May 2002):
Heard of your decision to rest 7 starting players for the game against the Crusaders.
Bit of a shock really, but we have every confidence in your work and we will stand behind you if those turncoats - ah... the Sydney media, say anything nasty about it.
A. R. Ewe
personal friend of John O'Neil
PS: Don't f**k it up!
Transcript of Waratah's pre game Team talk (Saturday 11th May 2002, 7:25 pm NZST):
Ok, boys... This is the big game, bragging rights for the final and all that
(Merry laughter from all assembled.)
So anyway... you 7 who are starting the game instead of the first string players, this is your chance to really shine! I expect you to step up. I want this game to be one that is remembered for years to come!
(Cries of "Hear Hear!")
I believe in your abilities, you wouldn't be running on if I didn't think you could do the job, but there's just one thing... Don't f**k it up!
(Jolly laughing all round, with some back slapping and the odd comment of "Yeah good joke Coach!")
Edited transcript of Waratah's half time Team talk (8:20 pm NZST):
Ah... you 7 new guys! What part of "Don't f**k it up!" did you have trouble with?
Edited transcript of phone call from Chairman NSWRFU to Bob Dire (9:20 pm NZST):
... stupid c**t! John is spitting!
You are on your own now mate, hope the barracudas tear you apart!
Oh and by the way... what part of "Don't f**k......