Player power have already cost two coaches their jobs in Australia and now they also want to 'appoint' the new coaches.
Earlier this season the players at the Western Force forced out Richard Graham in mid-season and this week it was confirmed that the players were at the centre of the drama that saw Michael Foley quit his job as coach of the Waratahs and move on to the Force ... where apparently he was on the players' wishlist.
On Wednesday Waratahs captain Benn Robinson said insisted the senior players should be given a say on his replacement as coach.
Robinson told AAP 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.
The Wallaby prop, Robinson, was reportedly a Foley supporter.
"It's very disappointing to lose a coach of his calibre," he told AAP at an Australian training camp.
"It's a big shock to the players ... I don't know of any of those factions. The players I spoke to had full support behind Foles."
Foley has accepted a three-year deal to coach the Force and phoned Waratahs players to explain his decision.
Robinson revealed his disappointment at the way things have gone down at the troubled franchise and wants the chance to voice his opinion on who the new Waratahs coach should be.
"I'd hope so. It would be good to have a few players involved in that process," he told AAP.
"It's going to come down to the management and the board's decision but it'd be nice for them to speak to some of the key players and (for us) to have a fair say or influence on how the team should be moving forward.
"I'd love to have at least a few words about certain issues as well.
"With Webby [team manager Chris Webb] and now Foles going and Edwin [Chairman Edwin Zemancheff] as well, it's been challenging."
Although confident there are no factions amongst the squad, Robinson said appointing a new coach quickly is paramount to the Waratahs being able to bounce back on the field next year.
At the moment Australian Michael Cheika, who has had success coaching in Europe, is the leading candidate.
After winning just four matches from 16 starts in 2012, Robinson called on Waratahs administrators to give the players stability.
"Personally it'd be nice to have a coach as soon as possible. Get their understanding of where they want the team to go in this next period and make sure all the players are on the same page as well," he said.
"Time will tell but these next few months are very crucial for us. Things have been rattled the last few months with speculation going back and forth and that always creates a slight disturbance.
"The hardest part is for some of the younger players coming through and this is their first experience at Waratahs level.
"Once positions are filled and players have knowledge of where things are going, players will settle pretty quickly and rip straight into work."
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