Whoever's job it is today,
The RFUW's continued ability to turnover its staff at an amazing speed, and often at highly inappropriate moments, continues unabated. With the World Cup mere weeks away, to be followed by arguably the most complicated series of changes to the domestic game ever planned, two vital members of staff have suddenly left.
Again - as usual - there is no explanation of the reason for the sudden departure of James Fisher and Jo Hawley, but it has to be said that the RFUW's notice about their departure is hardly effusive in its praise for all the efforts the pair will have put in over the past few years (which - and to my certain knowledge in James's case - have been considerable). All we are told is that the have "left the RFUW". Not so much as a good wish for their future.
Nor do their departures look very planned - only a few months ago these were two of five key people listed by RFUW for developing contacts with the counties ("CBs" in rugby jargon) as part of the new structure. Jo was also a key member of staff with knowledge about not only the integration with the RFU, but also the World Cup - it was only last October that she spoke for the RFUW on these subjects at the annual CB meeting at Twickenham.
Yet they have been "let go" with no-one in place to replace them, no "handover". Instead Clare Cooper - currently Development Manager for the South - will now be also looking after London & South East and South West (until the RFUW can find someone else to fill these posts), leaving her in charge of all aspects of domestic development from Norfolk to Cornwall. So if you were hoping to speak to anyone about any development issues (player, club or county) I think you may have a bit of a wait as Clare's going to be awfully busy...
Meanwhile the expansion of RFUW's lexicon of incomprehensible acronyms continues. We now have DTDOs (or Divisional Talent Development Officers), which will replace CCOs (Club and Coach Officers). Ours will be Maggie Alphonsi.
Well, at the time of my writing this anyway.