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Former coach wants change in mindset

December 31
12:00 2009

image Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. Rugby Development Officer Etuate Waqa believes the lack of understanding between players and coaches created a gap between during the Europe Tour.
Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Waqa said the issue should not be around whether the cibi was performed or not but rather how the games in Europe were won or lost.
“People should look at the principles of the game which led to the losses, like the lineouts, rucks and the skills of each player,” he said.
All these Waqa said, would burn down to the preparation that was done and the time frame given to prepare the team for the tour.
“We can’t blame the coach or the players. But the coaches need to understand the background of each player,” he said.
“Mike Brewer is a former All Blacks and he knows his rugby and what Test matches are like, but he needs to understand the Fijian players.”
He added that it is similar for the players in that they need to understand Brewer because as a former All Black, their coaches use harsh words to motivate them.
“Look at the time frame given, No wonder Mike used those words, he simply just wants to get players to work but he can’t control their motivation level.”
Waqa added that when an expatriate coach comes in they need to be aware of what level of rugby these players have reached.
“This clearly shows that Digicel and Farebrother competitions are not enough for a player to become ready for Test matches. They need more than that.
“It is the lack of understanding between both parties that needs to be addressed,” Waqa added.

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