Interesting that you mention input from players. Coaching at Bangor G S in the 70's, we came to that approach, always including 3 or 4 senior boys in all selection and planning meetings...about twice a week.
Really paid off big time, as the boys would pick up subtle things we would miss. Also great for picking up problems arising, and nipping in the bud....a player off form due to home/personal problems etc. I only coached First XV for five years, but in three years we reached the Schools Cup final...won only one though. The school went on in the 80's to do very well.....and produce a number of very good players....Mark McCall would be the highest profile currently.
Am not involved in any rugby directly now, but I worry about schools offering "scholarships ", and being over dominant, and "slaughtering" many teams too weak to compete any longer. Also the regimented coaching regimes that seem to exist now....and the fact that the coaches are often not teachers as well. I am told that at Toowoomba G S, the coach is paid Au$ 1430000 ...far more than a teacher would be paid.
Nic, totally agree with you re Tupou. Comment that he can't hold a scrum up is nonsense IMO......he had several good scrums prior to that collapse that led to the penalty. I had a really good look at the footage....not great to judge as was not a side on shot.....but I felt it should have been a reset scrum. The ball was never put in, and I would need to check the laws again, but surely the scrum must be stable and there is no contest till the ball is put in.
Therefore a penalty against the Waratahs for early disruption ??
I really thought the Waratahs loosehead was more responsible for the collapse...he let his hips swing out and angled down hard inwards...though it was Tupou who went down first.....I would warrent in a couple of years...or earlier, that won't happen.
Also thought the referee's actions were interesting. To start of with he was not on Tupou's side of the scrum. He did not react at first, but then did whip his arm up and give a penalty...was that due to the touch judge weighing in, or a Waratah appeal ??
No, IMO Tupou can become a great prop !!
Did not realise Ben Daley was Laurie's son.......certainly played for Qld at the right time, under Link.
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