28 October, 2016, 12:00 am
THE topic of conversation these days is the selection of our 7s coach.
Interesting, but the ideas put forward by our sideline critics make one wonder about the vast amount of knowledge these guys have with regards to Ben Ryan’s replacement.
The names that were brought in one of our discussions included Westfield Babaas mentor Master Lagiloa, although rumours are that he was not short-listed, former England captain Gollings, 7s maestro and legend Serevi and the favourite Naca Cawanibuka, who was on the coaching staff when we won our back to back WSS titles and the Rio Olympic gold medal.
So who will FRU appoint to prepare our heroes for a successful defence of the Dubai and WSS title?
So far FRU has not come out public with the names of all the applicants and who will be part of the selection panel. Then the debate about giving the position to a local or getting somebody from offshore remains unsettled.
Like many rugby fans, I am keeping my fingers crossed that the most meritorious candidate will be awarded the position of 7s coach.
Ben Ryan, who became a household name, has left his mark and his replacement will be expected to take our 7s team to greater heights.
On the other hand, it is important to keep a succession plan. Look at the All Blacks, for instance. After the departure of Sir Graham Henry, the All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has carried on the legacy left by Sir Graham and has maintained their winning culture and dominance in 15s rugby. The assistant coaches Wayne Smith and Ian Foster should be ready to take up the position of head coach when Hansen retires from coaching.
When our 7s coach is appointed, we should bear in mind about developing a succession plan.
As for me, I tip Cawanibuka to wear the crown of our 7s coach. I hope that dad gets his birthday gift because he is a big-time fan of our local, but impressive, fitness trainer.