It will affect the product on the field......

With the NRL season set to restart on May 28, players and coaches have had to keep the foot on the accelerator in isolation to remain fit and focused.

To do this, players were given at-home training schedules and borrowed equipment from the club gyms.

They haven’t had an extensive coaching staff and high performance team running them through their drills like they usually would but that doesn’t mean they can slack off.
Coaches have kept in regular contact with players via Zoom. It’s a handy tool but Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire says it’s definitely presented some challenges.

“The big problem I have found is that you can’t multiply messages quickly,” Maguire told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Coaching is about one-on-one, face-to-face contact. When you are not with them, you don’t see the intensity.”

Maguire fears most for the younger players in his squad. They are at a crucial point of their career – and lives – and in isolation he isn’t able to spend as much time mentoring them as he’d like.

“Coaching via Zoom is an art, but how can you be sure the message got through?

“With the 18 to 20 year olds, it is a critical time of their lives and some of the coaching questions around their personal lives and family, you don’t get a lot of opportunity to ask on a one-on-one basis.”

The Tigers have a mixed squad. Veterans like Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence, right down to the next generation of talent like Tommy Talau.

Maguire has relied on his experienced guys to lead by example but while in isolation he’s had to trust that individually his players can push themselves.

“We’ve got 300-game players down to debutants,” Maguire says.

“When you’re not all together, you don’t have the older players pushing the younger ones.

“(Melbourne’s) Cameron Smith trains at such a high level that you have young players looking at him, saying, ‘That’s what I have to do to get to that level.’”

The current climate has got a positive though. Maguire says it’s put the onus back on the player.

“We’ve had to put a lot of trust back on the player,” he said.

“It has allowed the player to grow.”

Players are expected to return to training next week. It’ll be an interesting first day back when coaches get a first look at who has kept up their routine in isolation and who has slacked off.

While the rugby league community is counting down the days for footy to return to our screens, clubs will continue to face an uncertain time even when the season is back up and running.

The financial impact of coronavirus on the game is no secret. The NRL is expecting to lose millions in broadcast money, which will impact club funding.

Maguire fears that cost-cutting within the football staff at clubs will have a dire effect on the quality of the game.

“The chat around is that we will lose part of our budgets,” he said.

“If finances are going to be scaled back, we won’t have that specific coaching. It will affect the product on the field.”

“It means we won’t be able to produce the amazing athletes we have been seeing.”


The Matty Johns podcast: “I found myself three feet away on my arse”

Matty and the rest of the Johns clan are still in iso, like the rest of us. The guys talk through which biblical character you would be? What happened when Trish had Cooper and Jack and that Michael Jordan doco we’re all watching

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@TheDaBoss said in It will affect the product on the field......:

With the NRL season set to restart on May 28, players and coaches have had to keep the foot on the accelerator in isolation to remain fit and focused.

To do this, players were given at-home training schedules and borrowed equipment from the club gyms.

They haven’t had an extensive coaching staff and high performance team running them through their drills like they usually would but that doesn’t mean they can slack off.
Coaches have kept in regular contact with players via Zoom. It’s a handy tool but Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire says it’s definitely presented some challenges.

“The big problem I have found is that you can’t multiply messages quickly,” Maguire told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Coaching is about one-on-one, face-to-face contact. When you are not with them, you don’t see the intensity.”

Maguire fears most for the younger players in his squad. They are at a crucial point of their career – and lives – and in isolation he isn’t able to spend as much time mentoring them as he’d like.

“Coaching via Zoom is an art, but how can you be sure the message got through?

“With the 18 to 20 year olds, it is a critical time of their lives and some of the coaching questions around their personal lives and family, you don’t get a lot of opportunity to ask on a one-on-one basis.”

The Tigers have a mixed squad. Veterans like Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence, right down to the next generation of talent like Tommy Talau.

Maguire has relied on his experienced guys to lead by example but while in isolation he’s had to trust that individually his players can push themselves.

“We’ve got 300-game players down to debutants,” Maguire says.

“When you’re not all together, you don’t have the older players pushing the younger ones.

“(Melbourne’s) Cameron Smith trains at such a high level that you have young players looking at him, saying, ‘That’s what I have to do to get to that level.’”

The current climate has got a positive though. Maguire says it’s put the onus back on the player.

“We’ve had to put a lot of trust back on the player,” he said.

“It has allowed the player to grow.”

Players are expected to return to training next week. It’ll be an interesting first day back when coaches get a first look at who has kept up their routine in isolation and who has slacked off.

While the rugby league community is counting down the days for footy to return to our screens, clubs will continue to face an uncertain time even when the season is back up and running.

The financial impact of coronavirus on the game is no secret. The NRL is expecting to lose millions in broadcast money, which will impact club funding.

Maguire fears that cost-cutting within the football staff at clubs will have a dire effect on the quality of the game.

“The chat around is that we will lose part of our budgets,” he said.

“If finances are going to be scaled back, we won’t have that specific coaching. It will affect the product on the field.”

“It means we won’t be able to produce the amazing athletes we have been seeing.”


The Matty Johns podcast: “I found myself three feet away on my arse”

Matty and the rest of the Johns clan are still in iso, like the rest of us. The guys talk through which biblical character you would be? What happened when Trish had Cooper and Jack and that Michael Jordan doco we’re all watching

I don’t want to be critical …but 20 years ago you might have had 3-4 on the coaching staff (including trainers ) and we still produced the best footballers

Just get on with it

As long as it’s a level playing field for all clubs (i.e. all have exactly the same number of coaching staff). then it’s fair…

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Its almost like Madge is trying to warn us that the boys haven’t been following whatever fitness protocols the club put into place

Could our (tigers) product get any worse?

@gallagher said in It will affect the product on the field......:

Could our (tigers) product get any worse?

I dunno seem to rate highly on TV…lot of FTA games…

@Geo said in It will affect the product on the field......:

@gallagher said in It will affect the product on the field......:

Could our (tigers) product get any worse?

I dunno seem to rate highly on TV…lot of FTA games…

We’re like MAFS😅

@gallagher said in It will affect the product on the field......:

@Geo said in It will affect the product on the field......:

@gallagher said in It will affect the product on the field......:

Could our (tigers) product get any worse?

I dunno seem to rate highly on TV…lot of FTA games…

We’re like MAFS😅

great fan base. Soso team.

@happy_tiger said in It will affect the product on the field......:

I don’t want to be critical …but 20 years ago you might have had 3-4 on the coaching staff (including trainers ) and we still produced the best footballers

Honestly your footballers of 20 years ago would be lapped by modern players under modern interchange and training conditions.

@jirskyr said in It will affect the product on the field......:

@happy_tiger said in It will affect the product on the field......:

I don’t want to be critical …but 20 years ago you might have had 3-4 on the coaching staff (including trainers ) and we still produced the best footballers

Honestly your footballers of 20 years ago would be lapped by modern players under modern interchange and training conditions.

You can’t compare. Put Wayne Pearce into a modern team with all the facilities and he’d have been even more incredible.
It’s like the argument in reverse. I reckon the modern player is soft but if they grew up in the era of say 70’s, they’d be very different

@Tiger_Steve said in It will affect the product on the field......:

@jirskyr said in It will affect the product on the field......:

@happy_tiger said in It will affect the product on the field......:

I don’t want to be critical …but 20 years ago you might have had 3-4 on the coaching staff (including trainers ) and we still produced the best footballers

Honestly your footballers of 20 years ago would be lapped by modern players under modern interchange and training conditions.

You can’t compare. Put Wayne Pearce into a modern team with all the facilities and he’d have been even more incredible.
It’s like the argument in reverse. I reckon the modern player is soft but if they grew up in the era of say 70’s, they’d be very different

I don’t strictly disagree, though who is to say Wayne Pearce is a standout at all if everyone is so fit and health-conscious as he was. Maybe a few other old footballers would be amazing if they trained more and drank less.

But I agree on the lack of comparison, the best footballers are relative to the conditions in which they play.

Cammy the grub with his chicken wings, calf knees, throat holds…wouldn’t last 3 mins in the 70’s…he’d be dead…

@Geo said in It will affect the product on the field......:

Cammy the grub with his chicken wings, calf knees, throat holds…wouldn’t last 3 mins in the 70’s…he’d be dead…

John Donnelly, Bruce Gibbs and Bob Cooper v. Cammy = would not last the first set.

@Geo said in It will affect the product on the field......:

Cammy the grub with his chicken wings, calf knees, throat holds…wouldn’t last 3 mins in the 70’s…he’d be dead…

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yes

@TheDaBoss said in It will affect the product on the field......:

@Geo said in It will affect the product on the field......:

Cammy the grub with his chicken wings, calf knees, throat holds…wouldn’t last 3 mins in the 70’s…he’d be dead…

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yes

Watched the replay a couple weeks back on FOX
somehow it looks better each time I watch it.

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