In 2002 New Zealand Rugby instigated “Devolution;” a concept designed to empower New Zealand’s Provincial Unions (PUs) to develop their own talent. They scrapped their centralised in-house programme run out of the world’s-best, purpose-built rugby academy The Institute of Rugby (IOR) in Palmerston North.
It was a move away from central development. The question at the time – was this visionary or naïve?
IRANZ Insight: It’s Back to the Future for NZ Rugby
As the smokescreen fades and the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter we get to ponder what the new order of rugby in New Zealand will look like. One thing is certain we will be forced to internalise competition as the return of global rugby will be in the more distant future.
IRANZ Insight: Super Rugby or Mitre 10 Cup? NZ rugby can no longer support both.
As times change, rugby must evolve and the reality is what was once our strength is no longer sustainable. There are too many layers to provide the quality coaching and competition we have had in the past.
The two contenders for the top job, Fossie and Razor both visited IRANZ frequently and spent many hours over many years honing their art. Fossie has more time in the saddle and has been at the leading edge for many years. Razor is a young fresh face with success beyond his years and appeal as an agent of change. Both would do a good job and they would naturally have my allegiance.
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.”
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.
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.