2 Aug 2012

NSW captain shocked by coach's defection

7:31 am on 2 August 2012

The New South Wales Waratahs rugby captain Benn Robinson said he's shocked by Michael Foley's defection to the Western Force and is adamant the Waratahs' senior players should be given a say on his replacement as coach.

Robinson said he had no knowledge of a reported split in the playing group between players who were in support of Foley and those who wanted the first-year coach forced out after the Super Rugby franchise's worst-ever season.

Foley has accepted a three-year deal to coach the Force and phoned Waratahs players to explain his decision.