In the build up to the NSW Waratahs opening home game in Newcastle, there’s a chance for aspiring coaches to meet and learn from the Super Rugby management team in a specialised workshop in Merewether.
Rob Penney, Chris Whitaker and Matt Cockbain will be at Townson Oval on Thursday 6 February, providing local coaches across the Hunter an opportunity to learn how the NSW Waratahs train and perfect their skills.
NSWRU General Manager of Rugby, Tim Rapp said the chance to go to regional areas is crucial to the development of the game ensuring current trends are being effectively communicated.
“The big aim for us is to get a large group of coaches together and make sure what they are delivering is current and what they are coaching is best for their players,” Rapp said.
Hosting the seminar is such a crucial part in maintaining a healthy commitment to regional rugby, and Rapp says the meeting is essential for the development of future stars.
“It’s an opportunity for us to take our knowledge back to them, they often come off the land to support us, and it’s really a time for us to take the people’s craft back towards the bush.
“It’s about giving back to those coaches responsible for and involved in producing future Waratahs players but also future staff members for the Waratahs or Wallabies as well.” Rapp said.
Those in attendance can also expect to take a lot out of Rob Penney’s time as he shares his global rugby experience.
“Rob will be able to provide a world view on rugby trends, coming through Japan, what he learnt in his time in Ireland, and how he sees Super Rugby progressing as a head coach.
“But then he can also talk about the time that needs to go into the organisational and preparation side of things as a coach as well.” Rapp said.
With all aspects of the game to be covered, the chance for these aspiring coaches to pick the brain of the Waratahs management staff is really the best bit.
The new attacking and defensive strategies of 2020 means the seminar will be completely different from last year, with Chris Whitaker and Matt Cockbain to walk coaches through their current tactics. “Chris and Matt will give great insights from their past involvements in top end football as past Wallabies, with Chris focusing on how the attack has evolved from last year and how the players prepare,” Rapp said.
“Matt will be able to give some great information about the development of lineouts and the defensive structures they are using this year.”
Taking place at Townson Oval, Merewether, the seminar will cost $20 with all proceeds going towards NSW Rugby’s fundraising for Rural Aid.
For those interested in attending the seminar on Thursday 6th February click here.