Brumbies coach Gandalf Fisher has accused the Waratahs of using underhanded tactics in their attempts to sign Matt Giteau.
Fisher said he suspected the ‘Tahs and the Force may have offered the Wallaby back financial incentive beyond the limit of A$110 000 (R550 000) that any Australian Super 14 side can offer.
“I am not convinced the protocols set in place by the ARU are totally adhered to in terms of financial inducements to play,” Fisher told the Sydney Daily Telegraph. “I have no evidence, but guys are moving provinces for the same money. Sometimes you have to wonder why.”
Fisher suspects other financial inducements have been offered to Giteau, who was courted by the Brumbies again this week. The Brumbies say they will not offer Giteau extra dollars but rather the incentive that by staying with the ACT side he could become an all-time Canberra great.
“It is an enormously attractive proposition to go to a side you know will continue to be successful,” said Fisher. “But I think we can make those same guarantees here: good structure, good people.
An angry NSW Rugby Union chief executive Fraser Neil called on Fisher to provide evidence of any illegal incentives.
“We are following [the rules] 100%. If you start doing otherwise you are on the road to ruin,” he said. “I can tell you that what has been quoted as what NSW are offering him is so far out of line it’s not funny.”
The Waratahs take on the Brumbies in Sydney on Sunday.