AN emergency SRU Council meeting will convene later today [Friday] to discuss the outcome of Keith Russell’s employment tribunal hearing and the scathing criticism the former Director of Domestic Rugby levelled against the organisation last Sunday after it was ruled that his dismissal had been “both procedurally and substantively unfair”.
SRU President Rob Flockhart – whose responsibilities include chairing the Council – is in Houston with the national team at the moment and will take part in the meeting via conference call.
The Keith Russell Affair –
An SRU spokesman issued a statement on Saturday evening in response to the tribunal judgement, which said: “Scottish Rugby acknowledges the outcome of the tribunal and, while there are some areas of the ruling it disagrees with, there will not be an appeal. We will now be reviewing the judgement in detail and working with Mr Russell to conclude the process. Scottish Rugby stands by its decision to change the leadership of the domestic rugby department given the fundamental importance this area of the sport plays in all aspects of game in Scotland.”
There has, however, been no word from any executives or elected representatives inside the SRU during the five days since Russell launched his astonishing broadside against the “toxic” culture he believes exists within Murrayfield.
Under fire chief executive Mark Dodson met with the Super 6 clubs on Wednesday and the tone on both sides was apparently positive. He flew out to Houston yesterday [Thursday] morning and will conduct a series of press briefings on Sunday.Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 3)
Meanwhile, there is still no sign of the “detailed document” the clubs were promised by Flockhart on 21st May, which will “explain again what Agenda 3 is and describe the benefits it will bring to clubs in terms of money and support from Scottish Rugby”.
The document was supposed to be issued in early June, but we are now at the halfway point in the month and none the wiser.
There is a growing concern that the document will not be issued until after the 28th June deadline for amendments to be made to AGM motions.