Ugly feud between Parramatta Eels manager Brad Arthur and Ray Hadley resurfaces ahead of NRL Grand Final
The ‘ugliest feud in the NRL’ between Eels coach Brad Arthur and radio athlete Ray Hadley resurfaces when the pair celebrate at the same restaurant in the big final week.
- Arthur and Hadley have reportedly had a ceasefire in their ongoing feud.
- The couple were seen shaking hands at a Sydney restaurant in cordial scenes.
- It comes with the couple in the middle of the ugliest fight in the NRL.
- Arthur is set to coach the Eels in Sunday’s grand finale against the Panthers
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur and shock athlete Ray Hadley have a long-running feud, but the rivals appear to have had a temporary ceasefire during a chance encounter at a Sydney restaurant on Tuesday.
The grudge between the pair has reportedly been going on for many years, but boiled over when Arthur appeared to refer to Hadley and journalist James Hooper during a news conference after the Eels’ victory over Canberra two weeks ago.
It came after a report about a leaked internal review the Eels had conducted, which had uncovered claims of nepotism through the club, as well as other deep-seated issues.
Since it was posted just before the game, as Arthur was training in front of Hadley and Hooper’s teammate Ricky Stuart, the Eels coach was furious.
Brad Arthur, pictured at the Dally M Medal night on Wednesday with his wife Michelle, reportedly offered a temporary ceasefire to rival Ray Hadley.
‘Someone has an agenda, but they’re not going to break up this group. We have worked too hard. there was no need [as a group] even talk about it,’ Arthur said furiously at the post-match press conference, appearing to refer to Hadley and Hooper.
It was just the last chapter in the book of the Hadley-Arthur feud.
Throughout the season, the athlete continually insinuated that the Eels coach had a major dispute with $500,000-per-season forward Nathan Brown, and said that was the reason the talented second row was not drafted.
That continually irritated prickly Arthur.
Shock jock Ray Hadley has continued to target Arthur during his radio shows
But in a chance encounter Tuesday, there was reportedly no tense standoff. Surprisingly though, there was a handshake.
Arthur and Hadley were at a Bella Vista restaurant called Jags, which is northwest of Sydney, to celebrate family birthdays, according to the daily telegraph.
Arthur was there to celebrate his son Jake’s birthday; who has unfortunately become the symbol of nepotism claims in the club.
Hadley was there to celebrate her own birthday, and by all accounts the meeting was very cordial.
Jake Arthur recently celebrated his birthday, and it was the surprise catalyst for a temporary ceasefire in one of rugby league’s ugliest fights.
‘bolts [Hadley] he is not so talkative when he is involved in fights. Apparently Brad walked over, knew it was his birthday and said ‘happy birthday, Ray,’ football pundit Buzz Rothfield told the Telegraph’s NRL podcast.
And Ray replied “good luck in the grand finale” and they shook hands. Ray Hadley and Brad Arthur – The ugliest fight in rugby league, I think has been resolved.
Given the protracted nature of their matchup, Hadley’s penchant for deliberately irritating select people, and Arthur’s determination to stand up for himself and the club, it could just be a temporary cooldown.