WELLINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Rugby Australia have made a “sensational appointment” in choosing Dave Rennie to take over as coach of the Wallabies and he will improve the team in short order, former All Blacks loose forward Murray Mexted has said.
IRANZ Insight – ABs set the pace but Bok take the Silverware
Well, that’s a wrap. The ninth edition of RWC has come to an end and it’s fair to say that throughout RWC Japan, the All Blacks remained the most popular team. They continued to set the standard and push the parameters of attack. They developed the dual playmaker role to counter rush defence – a meritorious strategy in the spirit of progressive rugby.
The selection process for any player is never easy. From under-11 to the All Blacks, unknown factors always make players question if they are doing the right actions. This selection process only gets harder when the communication between selectors and players are limited, making the player question what they are even looking for in the first place.
They built their domestic competition on the back of foreign coaching
expertise, mostly from New Zealand. They
embraced the opportunity to develop their most promising young players by sending
them to foreign fields – often New Zealand domestic club competitions. Japanese
companies with representative rugby teams form sponsorship arrangements with New
Zealand provinces, sub-contracting their coaching services and investing in
their players to play and experience rugby club life in New Zealand.
Good coaches develop good teams who create great players.
The RWC is creating unprecedented interest in rugby in Japan and all of Asia.
There has been a misconception that Asian rugby teams can’t compete with Tier 1 countries, because their players are physically too small. In the last 3 weeks Japan have proven this wrong. They have played 4, won 4 and topped their pool. As Jamie Joseph stated, “this is no fluke.”
Alan “AJ” MacGinty is an Irish-born professional rugby player, who represents the United States in international competition. He plays as a fly half for English Premiership team Sale Sharks.
AJ came to the IRANZ High Performance course in 2010, initially as a halfback. His position specific coach was ex-Wallaby George Gregan and by chance also on that course was ex-All Black Jon Preston who had played at the highest level as both a 9 and a 10. Something that would go to helping AJ later in his career.
Isn’t it great that we have an All Black coach with the balls to pick on current form irrespective of experience – even if it does mean dropping our best two outside backs? He pulled it off – on the biggest stage against the best opponent.
My first impression is this team is strong enough across the board to win RWC Japan.
I get the sense this highly successful and acclaimed coach and management group have thought deeply about the make-up of this team and the combinations. The physical capabilities are there. The experience and leadership are there. The subjective category of mental strength gets a pass from me. I think this squad is risk free on and off the field.
Jamason Fa’anana Schultz attended our High Performance Course in February 2019. His journey since has been extraordinary. Named in the USA wider squad for the Pacific Nations Cup and RWC 2019 Jamason recently put on a superb performance for the US Eagles vs Canada.
The All Black selectors have learnt their lesson. A draw is not a loss for the All Blacks but for South Africa it’s a win away from home and with it will come self-belief. They will be even harder to beat in Yokohama.
“We’re going to have to be hungry for success,” Steve Hansen said, after announcing the squad. In my view this is the key attribute required to win the Rugby World Cup. We have the players, we have the history, we have the technical and tactical skill and nous. But we won’t win the Cup unless we have sufficient hunger! We often hear comments like “we need experience at this level.” This is true, but sometimes players with experience lack the hunger. On the other hand they have the ability to apply themselves mentally – to live, think and play in the moment, without the mind being distracted in any way or form. This is what we call mental toughness. Most experienced players have this attribute. The hunger is desire – to be desperate to do as well as you possibly can.