Rugby Championship 2021: Sean McMahon wants Wallabies return – not Olympic gold


Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is so impressed with a batch of rising young Australian backrowers he has not made contact with Sean McMahon, despite the Japan-based flanker expressing his willingness to play Test rugby again.

One week after All Blacks and fellow Suntory star Beauden Barrett revealed both McMahon and Samu Kerevi want to feature at the next World Cup, sources close to McMahon confirmed he is open to a return to the Wallabies fold.

Sean McMahon hasn't played for the Wallabies since 2017.

Sean McMahon hasn’t played for the Wallabies since 2017. Credit:Stuart Walmsley

McMahon, who was a dynamic presence at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, hasn’t worn a Wallabies jersey since the 2017 Spring Tour when the 26-Test back rower was arguably the hottest property in Australian rugby.

The Queensland product signed with Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath, however, and was subsequently ruled ineligible for selection under the Giteau Law criteria, which states a player must have 60 Test caps, and have given seven years service, to be eligible for Wallabies selection while based overseas.

Rugby Australia announced a tweak to the Giteau Law last year in which Rennie can pick two players from abroad that are under the 60-Test threshhold.

Despite having those slots at his disposal, an RA spokesperson told the Herald no contact has been made with McMahon. It is unclear to what extent Rennie factored in McMahon’s availability in his backrow plans for the winter.

McMahon’s management said the flanker has now planned holidays instead.

Dan Carter of Kobelco Steelers is run down by Suntory back-rower Sean McMahon in 2020.

Dan Carter of Kobelco Steelers is run down by Suntory back-rower Sean McMahon in 2020.Credit:Getty

Rennie is on record stating his preference to pick players that aren’t based in Australia and the case of McMahon appears to be no exception.

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Rugby Championship 2021: Sean McMahon wants Wallabies return – not Olympic gold


Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is so impressed with a batch of rising young Australian backrowers he has not made contact with Sean McMahon, despite the Japan-based flanker expressing his willingness to play Test rugby again.

One week after All Blacks and fellow Suntory star Beauden Barrett revealed both McMahon and Samu Kerevi want to feature at the next World Cup, sources close to McMahon confirmed he is open to a return to the Wallabies fold.

Sean McMahon hasn’t played for the Wallabies since 2017. Credit:Stuart Walmsley

McMahon, who was a dynamic presence at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, hasn’t worn a Wallabies jersey since the 2017 Spring Tour when the 26-Test back rower was arguably the hottest property in Australian rugby.

The Queensland product signed with Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath, however, and was subsequently ruled ineligible for selection under the Giteau Law criteria, which states a player must have 60 Test caps, and have given seven years service, to be eligible for Wallabies selection while based overseas.

Rugby Australia announced a tweak to the Giteau Law last year in which Rennie can pick two players from abroad that are under the 60-Test threshhold.

Despite having those slots at his disposal, an RA spokesperson told the Herald no contact has been made with McMahon. It is unclear to what extent Rennie factored in McMahon’s availability in his backrow plans for the winter.

McMahon’s management said the flanker has now planned holidays instead.

Dan Carter of Kobelco Steelers is run down by Suntory back-rower Sean McMahon in 2020.

Dan Carter of Kobelco Steelers is run down by Suntory back-rower Sean McMahon in 2020.Credit:Getty

Rennie is on record stating his preference to pick players that aren’t based in Australia and the case of McMahon appears to be no exception.

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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Australian rugby sevens team wants Wallabies star Sean McMahon for Games


He’s the trump card Dave Rennie wants on deck for the 2023 World Cup, but Tim Walsh is hoping to have Wallaby wrecking ball Sean McMahon on-hand for Australia’s Tokyo tilt.

With the Wallabies trying to win back the hearts and minds of Australians, Walsh believes the sevens team can win the public over like it did when his women’s side won gold at Rio and an explosion of women’s sports sprung as a result.

“You look at what it did for women in Australia by winning the gold medal. That didn’t just change rugby in Australia, it changed women’s sport,” Walsh said.

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Keelie McMahon can’t understand why police ignored years of allegations against paedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin


Keelie McMahon is angry and cannot fathom why it took so long for Tasmania Police to charge a paediatric nurse with child sex offences, as complaints piled up against him.

For years, James Geoffrey Griffin worked as a registered nurse at the Paediatric Centre at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH), on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry and at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre. He also worked as a massage therapist for children’s sporting teams.

In September 2019, Griffin, aged 69, was charged with a number of criminal offences involving the repeated sexual abuse of a child, after a woman told police he had abused her when she was 11 and he was 58.

James Griffin made admissions to police about his abuse of children.(Supplied)

By October 2019, four other women had spoken to police and made similar complaints of sexual abuse ranging from the late 1980s through to 2012.

Griffin died by suicide on October 19, 2019, and the coroner noted he had “made admissions” to police, and forensic searches of his home “located a significant amount of child exploitation material”.

An internal Tasmanian police review found the first allegation against Griffin was made in 2009 and there were issues with information sharing between agencies, such as child protection and police.

Keelie McMahon, who alleged she was first abused by Griffin when she was 14, said reading the review into how the investigation against the Launceston nurse was handled had made her angry.

“I read it two, three, four times and it just all sank in that this was happening while I was young, and that this was happening while he abused me, this was happening while multiple people I know were being abused,” she said.

Keelie McMahon reads a statement on an ipad tablet.
Keelie McMahon reads a statement regarding her abuser James Geoffrey Griffin.(ABC News)

“There are so many people out there suffering with trauma and having to deal with this everyday because they didn’t do their job.

“It just doesn’t make sense to me how so many people in such a high position could see that he was doing these things and just go ‘yeah let’s not worry about it, let’s not take it any further, let’s just let these children suffer and be abused’, just because they put it in the too-hard basket.” she said.

Trail of allegations

The review revealed police received information about potential child abuse in relation to Griffin in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019, when police finally charged him.

As far back as 2011, child protection told Tasmania Police of sexual assaults on two unidentified victims.

A spokesman for the Department of Communities Tasmania, which handles child protection, released a statement saying it was working closely with police to strengthen information-sharing procedures.

Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine apologised to Griffin’s victims.

Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine gestures at a lectern.
Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine apologised to Griffin’s victims.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

“We are truly sorry for any harm caused to the victims who were let down by deficiencies in our investigative processes at the time.”

The exterior of the Launceston General Hospital pictured in November 2020.
At the time of Griffin’s death he was a well-liked nurse on the children’s ward of the LGH.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

Ms McMahon said saying sorry did not ease the burden she carried every day.

“It doesn’t take away the mental trauma and everything that we’ve had to deal with and that we’re going to have to deal with for the rest of our lives.”

Survivors must be heard

The CEO of Tasmania’s Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) Jill Maxwell said the revelation about the lack of action over so many years highlighted the importance of survivors being heard.

“It takes a huge amount of courage for someone to talk about their experience as a survivor,” she said.

“If someone works up the courage to disclose that they’ve experienced sexual assault or sexual violence of any nature, how important it is for us to hear them and let them know we’ve heard them and that we believe them.”

“If that happens, it helps the survivor recover from the trauma much better than having not felt heard through any of that process.”

Ms Maxwell said she thought the culture of reporting sexual abuse was changing with evidence more survivors were coming forward.

Keelie McMahon smiles at the camera.
Keelie McMahon, pictured around the time of the alleged sexual abuse by James Geoffrey Griffin.(Supplied)

“But we’ve still got a long way to go as a community to change those attitudes about hearing their stories, believing them and addressing the system gaps that allows it to happen,” she said.

Ms McMahon said change needed to happen because for every child believed there might be another saved from abuse.

“I think I need to come to terms with the fact that police knew what he was doing and because of the police, I was abused, I lost my childhood, I continued to be abused by more people as I grew up because of this one event that could have been stopped,” she said.

“Now I just have to learn to deal with it, it’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life.”

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NT CLP senator Sam McMahon says national anthem change will achieve ‘absolutely nothing’


A change to the lyrics of Australia’s national anthem has incensed some members of the Federal Government, according to a Coalition senator staunchly opposed to the move.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the second line of Advance Australia Fair would change from “for we are young and free” to “for we are one and free” from New Year’s Day.

Indigenous Australians, politicians and even sporting figures have claimed that the earlier wording overlooked the long history of Indigenous culture, which evidence shows is at least 65,000 years old.

“While Australia as a modern nation may be relatively young, our country’s story is ancient, as are the stories of the many First Nations peoples whose stewardship we rightly acknowledge and respect,” Mr Morrison wrote in a statement announcing the change.

However, the move has reportedly rankled some members of his own government.

Northern Territory Country Liberal Party senator Sam McMahon, who sits with the National Party, said she was “not in favour” of the change.

“Yes, we have an old continent and an old Indigenous culture, but as a nation, we are young.

“I see absolutely no need to change [the anthem] whatsoever.”

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Senator McMahon said she had raised her views with Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader Michael McCormack, and claimed other party members share her stance.

A spokesman for Mr McCormack wrote in a statement that “Nationals members and Senators are free to hold their own opinions and the Deputy Prime Minister respects that”.

“The Deputy Prime Minister appreciates Senator McMahon’s position on the anthem changes and was happy to discuss the issue with her.”

Labor senator Malarndirri McCarthy has welcomed the change.(ABC News: Mitch Woolnough)

The Northern Territory is home to thousands of Indigenous people, including in some of the nation’s most remote and disadvantaged areas, and Senator McMahon said the change would do nothing to improve their lives.

“What is changing one word of the national anthem going to do to address the issues that we have in Indigenous communities in the NT?” she asked.

Senator McMahon’s Labor counterpart, Yanyuwa woman Malarndirri McCarthy, yesterday told the Today show that she was in favour of the move.

She said she hoped it would spur the Federal Government to bring about constitutional amendments such as the First Nations Voice to Parliament that Indigenous leaders first called for in 2017.

“The fact that we can change one word so quickly and so efficiently, is it possible now that the Prime Minister can have a New Year’s resolution to see a Voice to Parliament, where First Nations people are actually a part of all of these discussions and debates?” she asked yesterday.

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Cameron Munster, State of Origin, girlfriend, Bianca McMahon


Melbourne Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster has posted a touching tribute to his partner on social media following a tumultuous 2020 season.

Munster spent most of the year either stuck in lockdown or in biosecurity bubbles away from friends and family.

But the 26-year-old’s tribulations paid dividends when he won the NRL Grand Final with the Storm in late October and the State of Origin series with the Queensland Maroons in November.

On Tuesday morning, Munster thanked his partner Bianca McMahon for her ongoing support in a heartfelt Instagram post.

“Your support through everything this year has been second to none,” Munster wrote.

“You have your own problems and you flush them down the drain just to hear me whinge about my performances each and every week, not only having to put up with me 10 hours a day, so thank you.”

McMahon also congratulated Munster in late October following Melbourne’s 26-20 victory over the Penrith Panthers in Syndey.

“What an unforgettable season, full of unforgettable memories, with a very special bunch of people we call family. I’m so proud of you,” McMahon posted to Instagram.

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In October, Munster also revealed McMahon’s family had been providing him with clothes while on the Sunshine Coast, locked out of Victoria for five months.

“I literally brought only two-and-a-half weeks worth of gear,” Munster said.

“Luckily enough for me my partner’s mum and dad live down the road, so I was getting them to wash my clothes every week.”





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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs appoint Jim Koutsouklakis, Andrew Gifford and Peter McMahon to fill vacancies on board after chair Lynne Anderson and two others stepped down


The Bulldogs have appointed three new board members after the boardroom coup that saw Lynne Anderson quit last week.

Senior finance professional Jim Koutsouklakis, who already sits on the Canterbury League Club board, will join certified public accountant Andrew Gifford and former director Peter McMahon on the seven-person committee.

Gifford previously ran as an independent candidate in the 2018 football club elections in which Anderson’s ticket swept to power. He has also been a member of the club’s finance, risk and audit committee for the past two years.

McMahon, a real estate lawyer, was part of the Canterbury regime under former chairman Ray Dib and served as a football club director from 2014-18.



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AFL 2020: Dean Wallis, Essendon, Graeme McMahon, Bombers, Ben Rutten, John Worsfold


Former Essendon premiership star Dean Wallis has called for a “review and investigation” into all aspects of the club, which he says are now “imposters” in the AFL.

Wallis, a two-time premiership player for the club and former development coach, said there is a “lifeless environment” at the Bombers with no soul.

Speaking to the Herald Sun, the 51-year-old insisted he is speaking on behalf of some inside the club who are too afraid to do so.

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Braun Strowman suicide thoughts, Vince McMahon talk


WWE star Braun Strowman has revealed how a “father-son” chat with Vince McMahon stopped him from contemplating suicide.

The Monster Amongst Men, 36, is one of the most physically imposing wrestlers ever to compete in the ring.

And he has enjoyed a fine 2020 so far, winning the Universal Title for the first time when defeating Goldberg at WrestleMania in April, The Sun reports.

However, the 175kg, 2.03m powerhouse, who famously battled Tyson Fury at Super Showdown, faced his biggest battle away from the ring.

And on a recent episode of WWE Chronicle, he opened up about how he was contemplating killing himself in 2019 after growing disillusioned with his work until he revealed all about his problems to the boss.

Strowman said: “I got to the point where I was on the verge of I had enough.

“I kind of busted in on Vince one day in a meeting and I was like ‘I need to talk to you’ and he kicked everybody out of the production meeting and he sat down and talked to me.

“Not like boss to employee but like man to man, almost like a father son talk thing.”

Strowman, real name Adam Scherr, added: “I’m very thankful to have a relationship with him like that because I might not even be here.

“I don’t even like talking about this out loud but I was thinking about killing myself a couple of times.

“That I got to that point, I should have talked to somebody sooner. I never knew how much he cared about me.

“I thought I was just a number in a system.

“That day he made me realise that I’m more important than a number I can’t thank him enough for doing that.”

Strowman battles Roman Reigns and The Fiend Bray Wyatt for the Universal Title at WWE Payback on Monday morning (AEST), which can be ordered through Main Event.

— This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission



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