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Post by Recwatcher16 Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:01 am

I was recently reading an article on Joe Worsley, plying his coaching trade and expertise in France. It struck me that it seems to have crept up on the English professional game but for next season there will be eight English Premiership  head coaches and only 4 non English. There have been a number of recent appointments, Blackett at Wasps, Borthwick at Leicester and Skivington at Gloucester that have increased the numbers of mainly young coaches.
Baxter is obviously well established, as is Diamond and then there is the old warhorse Dean Richards back in the fray, but also add in relative youngsters Gustard and Hooper.

Of the four non English, three are probably past their sell by date in Solomans, Boyd and Kidney. Only Pat Lam is on the up with a squad that looks to be going places.

Then there is Booth at Ospreys, Ryan at Newport, Lancaster at Leinster and Cockerill at Edinburgh and of course Farrell at Ireland HQ. I probably should add Edwards running defence with France and now Parling as forwards coach for the Wallabies.

All this leads one to wonder what influence this will have on the style of game in these isles ?  Also the elephant in the room being EJ's successor with England as the stated RFU desire being an English Head coach appointment. Is it Baxters to turn down in three years time or would the timing suit someone like McCall ?

The professional game is a results business, so it all might change in twelve months time, not least with the current financial pressures on clubs. I also wonder how healthy it is for the league to have fewer outside ideas and approaches ?

At my club Bath, there are 40 players on professional contracts (only four non EQ) but the 'Management dept.' numbers 26 staff !! for coaching, analysis, medical and academy.  Next season promises to be another interesting ride.


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