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Carlos the Argie

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An expatriate Argie to the USA who started playing at the very tender age of 9 in an Irish School in Buenos Aires. He then played club rugby in Argentina. After moving to the USA, he played for his business school and some local clubs. Occasionally helped train skills and also refereed. His interest in writing about rugby came after meeting Graham Henry in New York City. He is most interested in the leadership issues dealing with team function.

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Last night I was thinking of O’G….He probably spent more time reading about horses that tackle practice.

'Coach for the broken': Judging DC, rugby's patron saint of lost causes who's working wonders with the Tahs

Aha!

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

And even after a few pints of Guinness during warm ups.

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

Amazing there is sun to be seen in Wales…

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

Just remember, the way you say his name is “Pore-ts-ki. He is Polish. The “c” sounds like “ts”.

I always wondered if Maradona was ever a good coach. He took Argentine soccer relatively high, but never high enough. He was an extraordinary player with an extraordinary weak brain. But his soccer brain was without equal. He could teach Messi how to kick free kicks. But, in my (not so humble) opinion, he was not a great coach. I agree with harry. How do you teach innate genius?

'Coach for the broken': Judging DC, rugby's patron saint of lost causes who's working wonders with the Tahs

O’Keefe in this week’s breakdown spent some time discussing how Papali’i has been interacting with refs. It is worth watching. And it is an example of something I have been saying for a very long time. Coaches should TEACH captains how to interact with referees (or they should hire specialized coaches for this), and to learn the preferred behaviors of each ref. You prepare your team against the opposition and your captain to deal with each refs’ personality.

Messy Super Rugby breakdowns could really hurt the Wallabies and All Blacks in July

And don’t forget, as an example at around 20 minutes, when Nic White went well INTO the ruck and kept pulling the ball out while pushing other players until he got it out. He was called the scrum half so he could do this? Really? That is hands in the ruck in ANY country! Ball has to be visible and nearly out for the scrum half….NOT in the middle of the pile.

Messy Super Rugby breakdowns could really hurt the Wallabies and All Blacks in July

Think Again, Adam Grant.
This is an interesting site. All sorts of issues sometimes come up….

Same Australian opponent, two very different New Zealand game plans

One of the most interesting books I read recently was about the process we have to undertake internally to change our minds. I guess we are all born stubborn.

Same Australian opponent, two very different New Zealand game plans

Argentina was winning. England was losing. Don’t they want to win? Just look at the final. Despite being down by a lot, the Irish kept playing even when time expired.

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

I think it’s horrible. I’ve told players to touch down immediately when refereeing sevens.

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

Why should they? They were winning by 19-7, and only had 6 players.
England ELECTED to lose by this score. England should have had the incentive to try to win.

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

As I said, Argentina was up by 19 and with six players. England elected to not play and have a controlled loss.

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

Hey! This is not rugby, to paraphrase Nigel Owens.

AC Milan wins Serie A title

Hey! What? Really? Not a word?

That two and a half minutes standing with the ref in the ingoal not scoring by England in the Toulouse sevens?

As a result both go to quarters? Though, frankly, Argentina already had 19 points and only six players on the field. They had to be in no rush… And England guaranteed their QF with no more points…

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

This is another “dejà vu” (or is it dejà entendu?) moment.

We discussed the impact of technology and tracking on training systems before. If I could figure out how to improve my fitness for refereeing by using GPS and HR monitors, it shouldn’t be so hard for professional coaches in the highly specialized area. They have many more tools to track activity to enhance this.

This is why these barbaric sand running or climbing sand dunes is more a punishment issue than a true fitness program.

As you can imagine, I was “difficult”. If you didn’t explain rationally what I had to do, here comes trouble….

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

HIIT.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Don’t forget his tackle rate per time on the field. He was always among the top three or four in number of tackles despite playing only 50 minutes.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Years ago we used to call back rowers here in the Roar when they “meerkat” in the scrum! We shouldn’t forget.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Everything is called in the NFL! Every fricking thing!

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Beach sprints are useless. How many rugby pitches are built of sand?

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Bend ze knees, like an Austrian ski instructor.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

I totally agree with this.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

I know, I met him a few times, and he was very charming. I have a picture with him. But that moment must have been something going on in his mind.
You don’t want to intrude on players during Captain’s Run. Only when they come to get “interviewed”.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Oh, this is what I just said in my post….

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

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