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Paul OC
04 August, 2018 10:41

Shrewd move by Stade.

Hadnt realised POC was heading into coaching.

Should instill some grunt #BoB

Bathovalballer (IP Logged)

Re: Paul OC
04 August, 2018 10:54
Am sure he will DownSouth, just what any side with aspirations of winning games of rugby needs. Wouldn't have minded if he was fit enough to play and came to us for a couple of seasons, possibly replacing Mr Charteris.

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hasta (IP Logged)

Re: Paul OC
05 August, 2018 11:57
Two words: Martin Johnson.

Just because he was a great player doesn't mean he'll be a great coach.

woodpecker (IP Logged)

Re: Paul OC
05 August, 2018 15:36
Getting a job as a forwards coach at a club might be a better option than becoming the England manager with no experience. Theres no reason to believe Johnson wouldnt make a great coach at some point, although he may have decided against it, unsurprisingly

SarrieSaint (IP Logged)

Re: Paul OC
05 August, 2018 18:04
Two words: Martin Johnson.
Just because he was a great player doesn't mean he'll be a great coach.

Big difference between starting out of the public eye (France as opposed to Ireland) in a positional coaching role and having the confidence/arrogance? to assume you can step right up into the head role for the National team. Going down a similar route to RoG and its worked pretty well for him.

hasta (IP Logged)

Re: Paul OC
05 August, 2018 22:32
Oh for sure, he could be good and I can see Stade making the ROG comparison. But 'just what any side with aspirations of playing winning games of rugby needs' is a reach. 'Gamble' is closer.

BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Paul OC
06 August, 2018 07:43
He has dipped his toe into coaching, having been assistant u20s for Ireland. I know its hardly the same thing but must have given him the taste for it?


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Big Dog (IP Logged)

Re: Paul OC
07 August, 2018 11:43
I think players are generally becoming more shrewd when it comes to moving into the coaching business. If you look at the NZ model they have realised that there are multiple ways to learn in this game and develop as a coach because, at the end of the day, different countries play the game in different ways.

The french league is very forward dominant and they love a set piece so for a previous set piece monster it seems a perfect place to ply his trade initially. Wouldn't be surprised if he does some time in NZ or Aus as well similar to O'Gara who has now had some pretty impressive coaching positions himself!

Like the NZ coaches who are top notch, they will both eventually return home and no doubt bring some further success to irish rugby with what they have learnt. Good work from them.

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