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Tim Horan says ex-Wallabiy needs to show values ​​over a long period to be part of the 2023 squad


Israel Folau’s electric return to professional rugby after more than 1,000 days was promising but he still has work to do to convince Toutai Kefu that he is worthy of a place for the 2023 World Cup.

That’s the verdict of Wallabies legend and World Cup winner Tim Horan, an expert with Stan sport, which kicked off coverage of the Japanese Ligue 1 this weekend.

It was an exciting start to the season, with Folau in front and center – scoring two tries including the match winner as Shining Arcs Tokyo-Bay Urayasu beat Kobelco Kobe Steelers 24-23.

Folau, whose Wallabies career ended in 2019 for homophobic views, showed what Australia was lacking and launched his campaign to earn Tonga a place at the World Cup under the laws of recently revised eligibility.

Kefu has made it clear that he wants Folau to strengthen his Tonga team in France in 2023, but Horan, a Kefu teammate at the 1999 World Cup, believes the controversial player will need to show more than excellent form on the ground to be sure tjing.

“He’s always been one of the best athletes the Wallabies have had and he doesn’t seem to have lost much,” said Horan. The roar.

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“But what is difficult for him in the future is that while it is good that he is playing rugby again in Japan, if he has to play for Tonga, I think rugby will probably come second for Toutai Kefu, knowing that Tonga has a lot of values ​​and standards within their team.

“Performance will be one thing but probably the most important thing for Toutai, if he has to select him in the future, does he correspond to the values ​​and standards of his team?

“He’s going to have to show it for a year to 18 months.”

The full-back was a problematic position for Australia this past season, mainly due to injuries to Tom Banks and then Reece Hodge.

I asked Horan if he thought Folau would wear the No.15 jersey right now, in an alternate universe where he hadn’t burned all bridges to Rugby Australia.

“We should see a lot more,” replied Horan.

“I would probably doubt it for now. He was certainly a really good player, but we haven’t seen him for a long time, so a decent game in Japan doesn’t get you a long way yet.

Horan said the circumstances of Folau’s departure from Australian rugby were “a huge shame”.

“He’s such a talented sportsman, a very talented rugby player and he easily turned six or seven and played in the gold jersey if he wanted to and could have helped the Wallabies in a few World Cups. “said Horan.

Samu Kerevi and Sean McMahon also showed good form early in the Japanese competition. Eligibility rules have been relaxed for Dave Rennie in 2021 and Horan has said there are many factors that will come into play for this year.

“Australia need their overseas players to play well and then figure out whether you’re going to pick them or not,” said Horan.

“I think your first option is to pick players based in Australia, but if you’re having trouble finding a position, you have the option of picking someone from overseas.

“It will depend on COVID, the form, all the injuries in Australia, but I think the most important thing is if the fans haven’t seen a lot of Super Rugby and they light up the first test against the ‘England, they want to see the best team available for the Wallabies to run there.

“If it’s Samu Kerevi and Sean McMahon and a couple of other offshore players, I have no problem with that as long as they’re going to play.”

Stan Sport will broadcast Folau’s second game this weekend with the Shining Arcs vs. Spears streaming ad-free and live from 1:55 p.m. AEDT. On Sunday, Stan will show Sungoliath against Verblitz with McMahon, Kerevi and Damian McKenzie of the All Blacks in action for the hosts.

Darren Coleman’s three-phase plan to put Tahs back on top
New NSW Waratahs coach Darren Coleman has shared secrets to a three-phase plan he
believes the Tahs will go from a winless season in 2021 to the top eight in 2022, and mix it up with the best in 2023.

In a recent conversation with Darren Chubb on the Wandering Bear podcast, Coleman explained that although
he is realistic about the 2022 season, he believes he has the right setup, the right players and plans to reach lofty goals on time.

“I’m not an idiot – we won’t go from last to first,” Coleman said of the season ahead.

Coleman returns to the Tahs after working there early in Super Rugby, fresh off a stint in the United States, and explains his approach to preparing the team to be confident, resilient and responsible.

He said the starting point was to rebuild the confidence of the team after a disastrous campaign in 2021.

“The message we used was positive,” Coleman said of his initial approach.

“We rarely picked them up for mistakes. We did team building exercises and morale tips that made them feel good about themselves. “

Coleman described phase two as “Tah Tough,” which aimed to build great resilience within the team with an emphasis on physical and mental strength.

To help build resilience, Coleman immersed players in nature, with the highlight of the phase being a team camp in Kangaroo Valley. He wanted players to have no creature comforts but rather test themselves.

Using drills such as night hikes and canoeing in warm weather, he challenged players. He wanted them to decide “when the going gets really tough, what kind of teammate are you going to be?” ”

With the Wallabies players returning to the team this month, Coleman said this next phase will be about responsibility and the tone will change. “I’m going to crack the whip,” he said, explaining that he wanted players to recognize and embrace the concept that if they want to get in and stay with the team then they have to perform well.

Coleman added that he had a “supportive club board” that included the multi-year timelines needed to bring the Tahs back to the top of Super Rugby, and was clear about his desire to succeed.

“I’m taking the losses pretty badly and I already have my eye on the top eight in 2022,” he said.

White people call for rule change

Former South Africa head coach Jake White has said it is time for the Springboks to prevent overseas-based players from representing the country.

With eligibility being a controversial topic of discussion in Australia and New Zealand, White suggests the world champions need to do more to protect the game in South Africa.

The Boks have seen a high proportion of their stars leave the country in recent years due to the financial strength of teams in England, France and Japan.

White, who is director of rugby at the Bulls, told SA Rugby Magazine: “Now is a good time, ahead of the next contract cycle, for SA Rugby to draw a line on the selection of players under contract with clubs. foreigners.

“South Africa are world champions and SA Rugby did something that worked because in 2018 when Rassie Erasmus was appointed, the current round of Springbok players were all overseas. But we can’t not allow this with the next round of players.

He added that “South African franchises have essentially become academies for foreign clubs,” with teams from Europe and Japan benefiting the most from the country’s youth development program.

“We must not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs,” White said. “We have such amazing school structures in South Africa and our saving grace is that we produce world class players because we have great schools like Gray Bloem where we have 1,500 boys, and Paarl Gim coached by a former Springbok to Pieter Rossouw.

Sonny Springbok shock

Sonny Bill Williams has revealed his sons told him they’d rather play for the Springboks than the All Blacks.

The former New Zealand superstar is married to a South African, Alana Raffie, and they have four children, daughters Iman and Aisha, and sons Zaid and Essa.

“Cape Town is my second home,” Williams told ruck.co.uk. “Maybe one day my two boys will play in Green and Gold.

“They told me that’s what they would like. They love the Springboks.

(With Olly Matthews)




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