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The Repeat Set: Why Rabs ‘lost it’ over Robbie Farah
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The Repeat Set: Why Rabs ‘lost it’ over Robbie Farah

You rarely hear Ray 'Rabs' Warren lose it but he went pretty close over the weekend as he tried to get to the bottom of the Robbie Farah fiasco.

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The veteran caller grilled Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe on Triple M, attempting to wade through the PR spin and ascertain why the club would now want to keep Farah after threatening to dump him to NSW Cup if he stayed.

Here's how it unfolded: 

Rabs: Justin, can I get something through my head? In the case of Robbie Farah – tell me if I'm wrong - did somebody say to him 'you're free to go'?

Justin Pascoe: He was told he was allowed to look elsewhere 

Rabs: My second question is did somebody say 'if you stay, you will be committed to purgatory in NSW Cup?'

JP: I think we spoke last time about that…


Rabs (raising voice): I know that but it's more important this morning

JP: Whether someone said that back prior to my employment or not, the fact of the matter now is Robbie Farah – if he's the best hooker come week one – will be the starting hooker. If he's the best hooker come week two, he'll be the starting hooker. There is no pre-determination about where Robbie Farah will play. And giving credit to Robbie Farah, he's been nothing other than professional…   

Rabs: Justin, we know that. I just want to know did somebody put the real hammer on Robbie Farah by saying to him 'if you stay here you will be playing NSW Cup'?

JP: I wasn't part of that conversation so that would be speculation on my behalf. If there was a NSW Cup ultimatum…if it was said in a meeting it was in the heat of the moment and it's certainly not the position of the board or the club and it’s not how we want this club to be represented. Every in this club has a right to fight for their position. I have said to Robbie, if he's the best hooker he will get his turn


Rabs: So the goalposts have been changed?

Pascoe didn’t get a chance to answer Warren's last question but surely the CEO has by now looked into the NSW Cup threat.

We can save him the trouble. It happened.

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