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Rugby union: talking points
DOK. (IP Logged)
30 April, 2018 20:53
Some good stuff in the Grauniad

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3) Riveting final leaves us wanting more
Anyone unaware of the rising standard of women’s club rugby should seek out the highlights of Saracens’ 24-20 win over Harlequins at Ealing Trailfinders in the inaugural Premier 15s final. The final quarter in particular made for a genuine thriller and a tremendous showcase for the commitment, technique and desire of players who, for the moment, have to fit training around their full-time jobs. It is hardly radical to foresee, in the not-too-distant future, women’s games being staged as double-headers with mens’ Premiership games and the profiles of the best female players increasing significantly. Not before time many would say.

5) Incoming Quins boss faces daunting task
Harlequins, it is understood, are getting closer to identifying their new director of rugby, with further interviews due to take place this week. There are one or two interesting names in the frame – not all of them presently employed overseas – but whoever takes the job will inherit a squad which urgently needs resurrecting. Saturday’s latest 44-13 hammering at Worcester leaves Quins with just one win in their last nine games and without an away league win since September.

 
Re: Rugby union: talking points
Scaramouche (IP Logged)
01 May, 2018 09:29
I need names my man, names!!!



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Re: Rugby union: talking points
Fearless Fred (IP Logged)
01 May, 2018 09:35
Well, Kitson in today's Grauniad.

The majority of the piece is about the toll that playing takes on players & is well worth a read. He does have a paragraph re our potential candidates for DoR:

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As we wait to see who Harlequins will choose as their next director of rugby it will be fascinating to see if the club’s board look overseas or opt for an up-and-coming English coach. As Exeter and Newcastle are proving, it is entirely possible for Premiership clubs to thrive with English coaches at the helm, rather than simply dialling the mobile number of the next New Zealand coach off the rank. Someone such as Ben Ryan, a gold medal-winning Olympic sevens coach with Fiji, could be an excellent choice if Quins want an intelligent, ambitious coach bursting with good ideas and an instinctive grasp of what needs to be done. No disrespect to the Crusaders’ enthusiastic Scott Robertson but if the Premiership simply becomes a finishing school for Super Rugby graduates where is the next generation of homegrown national coaches going to come from?

 
Re: Rugby union: talking points
Scaramouche (IP Logged)
01 May, 2018 09:59
And anyway, why wasn't this posted on the new DOR thread? If only we had a moderator.....



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Re: Rugby union: talking points
DOK. (IP Logged)
01 May, 2018 12:42
If only you had an enthusiastic moderator! smiling smiley

 
Re: Rugby union: talking points
Roaming Quin (IP Logged)
01 May, 2018 19:41
Seeing Ben Ryan’s names more and more.

 
Re: Rugby union: talking points
Scaramouche (IP Logged)
01 May, 2018 21:26
Ben Ryan Ben Ryan?



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Re: Rugby union: talking points
godzilla73 (IP Logged)
01 May, 2018 22:05
Iron lion Ben Ryan...

 
Re: Rugby union: talking points
Roaming Quin (IP Logged)
02 May, 2018 14:02
Yep that's the one, not sure he's been tested at 15s or that taking Fiji 7s to a gold medal means he's a great coach but his name crops up a lot in conjunction with Bomber.

 
Re: Rugby union: talking points
Scaramouche (IP Logged)
02 May, 2018 15:58
Good point. Its not just about the DOR in isolation, its about his support team.



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