While Rebecca Wilson’s club-busting antics haven’t always been successful (witness her one-night wonder on the Footy Show), they’re always entertaining. But the feisty Sydney’s sporting siren’s latest efforts have left us cold.

Wilson has been unleashed by Daily Telegraph sports editor Phil Rothfield to beat up the battle over hosting Super 14 games between the SCG Trust and Telstra Stadium. There are big bucks involved here, and it appears the SCG Trust – which has already lost some big sporting events to the Olympic stadium – is fighting for relevance.

Enter Wilson. Rebecca is playing the champion of the Paddington push, the silvertail eastern suburbs crowd who think a trip over the Anzac Bridge requires a passport.

Rebecca has been thundering with outrage over the past week, culminating with a hysterical rant in Saturday’s Tele characterising the dispute as a “struggle to the death.” Warns Wilson: “Things are about to turn very, very ugly. Big game players have chosen their corners and the publicity machines from both sides are in overdrive. World War III is just around the corner.”

Crimes against hyperbole aside, there is another concern about Wilson’s over-the-top efforts. We hear that to work out the stress of the campaign to the death, she can now go to first class gym facilities to sweat her toosh. Guess where? The Moore Park complex – run by the SCG Trust.

Can it be true that Rebecca is the lucky recipient of a new, Gold membership… provided on a complimentary basis, waiving the $1,000 plus fee?

The Telegraph would not be the first paper to succumb to the lure of cash for comment. Some Sydney racing journalists are understood to have accepted sizeable betting vouchers from the NSW TAB during its ongoing dispute with rival betting exchanges.

But we would expect better from an experienced commentator like Wilson. C’mon Rebecca – say it ain’t so.

Peter Fray

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