Coaching from the top

WALLABIES assistant coach Nick Scrivener was in Tamworth last night passing on the latest coaching ideas, skills and drills to local players and coaches.

But it’s not all about lecturing locals on what the big boys do.

The amateurs are also helping the professionals.

“It’s good to get out at this time of year when we don’t have games on,” Scrivener said.

“And at the end of the day we need to be coaching.

“It’s no good not coaching for six months and just doing analysis.

“It’s good to mix with other coaches too because we might pick up something as well.”

Scrivener said he and his fellow Wallabies staff members like Robbie Deans, Andrew Blades and Tony McGahan are also visiting various centres.

He said it’s not about telling people how to do things, but passing on ideas from the Wallabies program that can complement existing strategies.

“There’s no right way or wrong way,” he said.

“Rugby isn’t that different, even at different levels.

“We’re just showing them what we do with the Wallabies and a lot of the time it’s just reaffirming what they are doing.”

Scrivener spoke to the local coaches and players and showed them some videos, before running a session on the field.

One of the main themes was counter-attack.

ARU North West NSW development manager, Stephen O’Brien, said last night’s session was a welcome one.

“It was a good opportunity for local coaches and players to have a squizz at what they are doing at the highest level, “ O’Brien said.

After a busy weekend with the Country Championships in Tamworth on the weekend O’Brien has a North West Secondary Schools Rugby 7s Challenge at the Consett Davis Playing Fields, UNE tomorrow.

Games start 9.30am with the girl’s and boy’s winners winning the chance to play curtain raisers before Combined NSW and Queensland Country plays the touring British Lions in Newcastle on June 11.

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