DICK MUIR USES WORLD CUP EXPERIENCE TO IMPART LATEST WORLD TRENDS AND RUGBY COACHING KNOWLEDGE TO SA COACHES
After 4 years of coaching the Boks as assistant coach to Peter de Villiers, Dick Muir is dedicating his full time to the Investec International Rugby Academy where he will impart the latest techniques, cutting edge knowledge and coaching trends to coaches attending the Investec International Rugby Academy courses. ‘The game has changed so much over the last couple of years, not only because of the law changes but also in the way we approach coaching. I think the challenges are to break down all the complexities and getting back to specific training of core skills. We often complicate the game too much and need to start coaching rugby as a simple but detailed sport. Technique training, conditioning, players understanding of the game and their ‘buy in’ is very important. I am a big believer in teaching core skills and allowing the player to use his own initiative and decision-making by playing what he sees in front of him therefore allowing the player to express and back himself.’ Muir says. The biggest problem we are facing in South Africa is that we are not willing to share our knowledge and therefore we don’t grow personally as coaches. By sharing our experience, knowledge and time we learn more about the game, we learn from one another and we grow as we transfer the knowledge to the players.