Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The solution is not in the coach, it is in the players

According to recent media speculations Jack White may be the next Wallabies head coach.

Without any doubt White has made an excellent work with the Brumbies and his past cannot be denied, but do Australian rugby really needs a win at all costs mentality?

White won a World Cup in 2007 with the Springboks and took the Brumbies from a very critical situation to Super Rugby final.
Last year White's resignation from the ACT team come as a shock: after he unsuccessfully applied for the Wallabies job after Dean’s dismissal, he decided to go back home and coach the Sharks with the clear goal to win the Super Rugby title. After only one year at the lead of the Durban based franchise White left the club to pursue an international career. Looking at the international field, open positions at his level are rare, and none is vacant.

Honesty I don’t think that White could get blood out of a stone, the player he will have will be the same as Link has, you can turn Izzy Folau in a up&under fullback, nor get one of Australia’s back to drop goals from the midfield, and Australia’s front row isn’t as powerful as the Springbok one.

Scores of fans have cheered the running game of the Super Rugby winners Waratahs, thousands are celebrating the fast paced style of rugby on show in the Buildcorp NRC, the South African way of playing rugby can be incredibly effective, but, let’s say it plainly, it is boring.

Link has come under scrutiny after the worst loss in a Bledisloe Cup match in Auckland and two consecutive losses in the Rugby Championship. The Beale-Pastson saga has exposed behavioural issues in the lockers room and the series of injuries, especially in the front row the lack of depth of Australian Rugby.

If ARU really wants to see success at short term, then it has to review its own inflicted pain and allow overseas players to wear the green and gold. Matt Giteau has been named best Top14 player, Nick Cummins is still one of the best winger in the world, even if he is struggling in Japan, Ben Mowen is a great player that may lift again the backrow.

Get these players in the end of the year tour and you will see better results.
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