Brumbies isolated from CEO dramas: Moore

It’s in its fifth week and still unresolved, but the Brumbies insist the drama involving chief executive Michael Jones has not impacted on the playing group.


Jones on Friday rejected an offer by the club’s board for a mutual parting of ways after meeting chairman Robert Kennedy and lawyers.

Kennedy had hoped to reach an “amicable” and speedy end to the backroom saga.

The ACT Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an injunction, allowing Jones to keep his job under whistleblower protection laws.

The CEO was stood down by the club’s board in March two days after a radio interview in which he referenced a KPMG report into the Brumbies’ finances that was being investigated by police.

The report remains suppressed, but Thursday’s court ruling gives the board permission to share it with voting members and discuss Jones’ standing down.

That was meant to happen at an extraordinary general meeting at the Brumbies offices on Thursday night, but it was dissolved after too few people showed up.

Kennedy instead held a rival meeting across town to avoid confrontation with Jones.

Jones has labelled the move an “embarrassment” and there’s speculation he plans to lodge further legal proceedings as a result.

Asked about the drama on Friday, Brumbies co-captain Stephen Moore said the players had been able to isolate themselves from it all ahead of Sunday’s big clash with the Crusaders at home.

“If you ask the players, most of them wouldn’t really understand it at all,” he said.

“Obviously, it’d be great to have it sorted. That’s a given – for everyone – not just the players but everyone involved in the club.

“But really, there’s nothing we can do about it so we just keep our head down and try and play well every weekend.

“The boys have been a credit to the organisation, they’ve really bought into that and focused hard on what’s important which is playing footy.”