What if you were the ‘Tahs king for a day?
When sitting at home on a wet and cold Sunday, the mind inevitably ponders the what-ifs for the Waratahs season. Here’s a chance for Roarers: You’ve been appointed coach for the 2013 season. You have open slather.
You choose coaching/management staff to assist and the playing roster (only those not resigned with other Australian franchises allowed) – who would you have?
Here’s my first attempt:
Assistant Coach (Forwards): Andrew Blades (yes, I know he’s with the Wallabies now)
Assistant Coach (Backs): Chris Whitaker
Manager: Ben Whitaker
Strength and conditioning: David Boyle
1. Palmer (Brumbies)
5. Carter (Brumbies)
6. Dennis (c)
7. Hooper (Brumbies)
12. Piukala (Eastwood)
15. Beale (Rebels)
The side remains very ‘Tah-centric but with some tweaking and a definite culture shift. The introduction of Chris Whitaker as backs coach and David Boyle (“Train Hard, Play Hard, Back UP” – ex-South’s hardman) brings winds of change. Dave Dennis as Captain would see him show the leadership and playing ability he is capable of.
The only problem? You’d need to sack the Board and change everything backroom for any of this to be successful.
Put rugby people in who care about the Waratah’s and not people who worry about their own reputations and CVs.
Your thoughts and ideas?