Saturday 3 December 2016

Cotton-Wool Policy still needs to be aligned

Published 25/04/2015 | 02:30

'I couldn’t help thinking as Schmidt outlined the preservation process that were he still main man at Leinster, he would be beating a very different drum'
'I couldn’t help thinking as Schmidt outlined the preservation process that were he still main man at Leinster, he would be beating a very different drum'

As a fully-signed-up member of the Joe Schmidt appreciation society, I must confess to mixed feelings when hearing the most influential individual in Irish rugby outline his reasons for the way the player welfare system operates.

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Of course I get the rationale but I couldn't help thinking as Schmidt outlined the preservation process that were he still main man at Leinster, he would be beating a very different drum.

Nothing wrong with that I might add, just as Matt O'Connor, Anthony Foley, Pat Lam or Neil Doak would be singing a very different tune (and Les Kiss too when he moves north in November) were they to make it to the very top of the coaching food chain here.

Of course as players get older, the increasing need for 'cotton wool' is obvious, but the provincial coaches should be part of the national welfare process and not just on the receiving end of it.

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