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Ek

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Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 18, 2013, 14:28:50

SARU High Performance ‘Mobi-Unit’ goes into action

January 18, 2013

A new high performance ‘think-tank’ of top rugby coaches has been established by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to assist elite teams at all age levels of the game. The ground-breaking initiative for South African rugby will see a contracted team of specialist coaches in the ‘HP Mobi-Unit’ visit franchises, SARU national teams and even schools teams to share cutting-edge rugby knowledge. “We are very excited about this new initiative,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU. “Historically, SARU have taken a ‘hands off’ approach to coaching interventions at the elite level. That was exclusively left to the provincial unions. “But times have changed and as the game has become more technical and more analytical, the resources required to keep up to date have exploded. SARU can pool the resources we have in our national coaching panels as well as offer access to the considerable rugby knowledge we have on our staff.”

The HP Mobi-Unit is the brainchild of Rassie Erasmus, who was appointed as SARU’s General Manager of High Performance in 2012.

He has contracted specialist consultants into the Mobi-Unit to cover key areas of play:

•Pieter de Villiers, the former French international prop, will concentrate on scrumming

•Louis Koen, former Springbok flyhalf, will be responsible for the tactics and practice of kicking play

•Chean Roux, former Stormers looseforward and title-winning University of Stellenbosch coach, will be responsible for technical analysis

•Jacques Nienaber, the highly-regarded DHL Stormers defensive coach, will advise on defensive play. Nienaber’s involvement will, however, only be outside of the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom Super Rugby commitments.

•Rassie Erasmus, former Springbok looseforward and Absa Currie Cup-winning Free State Cheetahs coach, will concentrate on lineouts, gameplan and performance analysis.

“We have a massive amount of rugby expertise contracted to SARU through our national teams and in our offices, but it has been under utilised in the past,” said Erasmus. “What we’re now offering is a back up to coaches in the form of a pool of consultants in specialist areas who can share their considerable experience as well as pass on the latest thinking. “This is a three-year project, which we hope will broaden the base of rugby knowledge at the elite level by opening a two-way conversation. “Critically, by establishing a common approach to play at the elite level, we hope it will ultimately assist the Springbok coach in getting maximum value out of the short time he has to prepare teams for Test matches.”

The HP Mobi-Unit was in action this week at the Junior Springbok training camp with Koen, De Villiers, Roux and Erasmus all working with players and the coach Dawie Theron’s management team. Other Springbok coaching and medical staff will be utilised on an ad hoc basis, Springbok commitments permitting. Erasmus said that the Unit’s technical analysis of matches throughout the competition would be pooled with franchises. “One of the criticisms of SARU in the past among franchise coaches was that they didn’t receive much technical rugby input from us,” said Roux. “By establishing this unit we have created a vehicle for a knowledge transfer in two directions at once which will be for the benefit of all our teams and, most importantly, for the Springboks.”


DbDraad

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 18, 2013, 15:40:36

 Looks like the right kind of staff for the Job. This should have been done ages ago!


mozart

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 18, 2013, 15:51:36

Another Rassie initiative. The staff are great, but good coaches, the kind who have the talent, wont want the help.  Like the lights on the Cheetahs' stadium roof, this initiative will fade away.


Beeno1

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 18, 2013, 16:18:11

Terrific initiative by that acute rugby brain Rassie Erasmus Ek. We should reap real benefits from this. For too long we have lagged technically and anything that helps us get up to speed the better.  Once again though who will be the person trying to improve our attacking capabilities?  

The lights on the Free State faded away when that luminary Rassie moved away. They have not been the same since. I am confident that the performance analysis they receive from Rassie will be superlative.

Good to see somebody thinking for once. Drinking Red Wine

 

 


clevermike

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 18, 2013, 17:14:36

Beeno

Thr biggest rugby problems we have relate to backline play.   I re-read the article twice to see whether there is anything about backline play at all - and the outcome was zero.   In other words we have a complete bugger-up here ONCE AGAIN.   I think they are all contributing to poor performances by the team as a whole - so this exercise is another futile effort without regard to actual needs.

MAIN PRICE FOR ABSOLUTE IDIOCY AWARDED TO RASSIE'S UNIT. 


Beeno1

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 18, 2013, 22:29:49

 MIKE WHAT MAKES YOU SO SURE THAT THIS IS A BUGGER UP AND NO BACKLINE COACH WILL BE APPOINTED?

THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION 

EXCUSE THE CAPS


clevermike

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 18, 2013, 23:00:24

Beeno

In view of our putrid backline performances - the appropriate action should start with backline upgrading and development - why is it left out completely.   Without the necessary attention to the backline issue - ths is a complete waste of money.


Beeno1

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 18, 2013, 23:06:12

 Patience Mike Rome wasnt built in a day and a backline coach appointment maybe around the corner. I sincerely hope so.


Arthur John

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 19, 2013, 18:17:50

 High performance team.....my a...

What the hell is Koen doing in the team?

 

Just has to be a famly appointment once more at SARU.


Beeno1

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 19, 2013, 18:32:42

 AJ  he is a kicking consultant. The guy was an excellent kicker but little else. I see no problem with his appointment.

I also like the fact Pieter De Villiers is scrum coach and not Os. The French pack generally scrum above their weight and the Boks below their weight. Since De Villiers has been coaching the Boks the scrum has got better. 


Sharkbok

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RE: Rassie seems to be on the Job.
January 19, 2013, 19:17:47

 Louis Koen is useless, Percy would have been a better selection. Although the recent punch up with Percy and his wife and their family may have counted against him. Although that is the last time she will use all of the Timota. Carlos or John Mitchell should take over the backline attack


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