Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ollie Barrett: The seed of our 60-nil trouncing at the hands of the All Blacks is in the playing fields of Ireland

23 June 2012; A dejected Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, after the game. Steinlager Series 2012, 3rd Test, New Zealand v Ireland, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. Picture credit: Ross Setford / SPORTSFILE
23 June 2012; A dejected Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, after the game. Steinlager Series 2012, 3rd Test, New Zealand v Ireland, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. Picture credit: Ross Setford / SPORTSFILE

I REFUSE to make a science out of rugby because really it isn’t all that complicated a game. Unlike a mission to the moon, where literally thousands of contingencies need to be considered and with an equal number of staff to get the project off the ground, rugby requires a fraction of know-how and personnel.



The coaching of the game in Ireland just has to be flawed. In a way I hope it is. For if it isn’t we are in a worse state than I would have believed. The IRFU have a set structure that must be followed in order to train and educate a potential coach. If you don’t succeed in the assignments you’ll never be qualified to impart the knowledge they believe to be necessary. By whose authority anyway? Where is the freedom for innovation?

Because what I saw last Saturday in the All Blacks trouncing of Ireland by 60 points to nil suggests there isn’t even present the little know-how that is required. So much so that I’m now thinking players and coaches should have their IQ assessed to see if they have the intelligence to even participate in this simple game. Clearly the system lacks in the necessary skill set, but couldn’t we at least look at the All Blacks and learn from them. No, that would be far too sensible.

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