Australia coach Michael Cheika contacted a disgruntled Wallabies fan video critique of the team’s performance in the loss to Scotland on Saturday struck a chord with disappointed supporters.
The self-confessed “pleb” from Lismore in northern NSW blew up on social media after posting a gigantic rant to the Wallabies on their Facebook page.
“When I was a kid – hell, even now, I would’ve given my left n*t just to pull on a Wallabies jumper,” he wrote.
“But when I see you guys run out, I feel like you don’t care. I KNOW you don’t care, because it shows. And don’t tell me I’m wrong. Don’t say that you DO care, because my response is that you don’t care ENOUGH! CLEARLY!”
The post had drawn nearly 9,000 comments by Monday and been shared more than 4,000 times.
Cheika told reporters in Brisbane on Monday that he had contacted Quigley and urged him to keep the faith.
“I think that’s important that you talk to the fans,” Cheika said in comments published by News Ltd media, in the leadup to this weekend’s match against Italy at Lang Park.
“I just spoke to him about some of the things that we’re feeling and what we want to do and what’s going on in the background because we’re feeling the same thing as the fans, too.”