Lawrence Dallaglio Looking to Disrupt Welsh Preparations
Warren Gatland would make an ideal coach of the All Blacks, according to Lawrence Dallaglio. The former Wasp would say that though wouldn’t he after Wales ran England very close and are now a title threat, oh and had a try disallowed, if you hadn’t heard.
Gatland’s current contract sees him leaving Wales after the 2019 World Cup, and Dallaglio sees him heading to New Zealand.
“Moving from coaching Wales to coaching the All Blacks is a well-trodden path, with Graham Henry and Steve Hansen having done exactly that,” Dallaglio told Press Association Sport.
“They are rightly now heralded as two of the best coaches the game has ever seen, and I would already put Warren in that bracket to be honest. So I see no reason why Warren couldn’t absolutely follow the same path.
“If he’s given the tools and the resources of the All Blacks then he could potentially carry on that succession line and achieve some spectacular things there himself.”
Gatland coached Dallaglio from 2002 – 2005 when in charge of Wasps.
“He’s one of the few people that have beaten the All Blacks, and in New Zealand too by the way, so that’s not a bad calling card for the job interview,” said Dallaglio, speaking on behalf of Land Rover.
“He’s got a wealth of experience, and clearly there is a desire in New Zealand to promote people who have spent a lot of time coaching in the country.
“So I’m sure part of that process would be going back to New Zealand and getting himself embedded and entrenched back into the All Blacks way.”
Dallaglio continued: “It’s an amazing achievement and should be rightly celebrated.
“He’s an amazing coach, you’ve only got to look at his achievements with Wales, and in many ways he’s been a victim of his own success, because he over-achieved in his first two years, with back-to-back Grand Slams.
“So he has achieved enormous amounts, and that then set the expectation levels incredibly high and it’s always difficult to replicate that.
“You’ve only got to talk to the players under him, him and his coaches are adored by the players that play under them.
“So it’s huge credit to him. He’s very bold and brave. He makes big calls, he doesn’t always get them right – but more often than not he does, and then people have to eat a large slice of humble pie, including players.
“He’s a great motivator, he lives by the adage that none of us are as good as all of us. He wants superstars but treats everyone the same.
“He’s not afraid to put his neck on the line as a coach, but he makes it fun too – and also he’s very shrewd.
“He understands that great teams are coach-led but player-driven; a good coach can lead a team and a vision, but that has to be driven by a core group.”
This type of unsettling by Dallaglio disguised as praise is probably aimed at disrupting preparations. If he knows Gatland as well as he says though, then he knows that the comments will fall on uninterested ears. For the record, this is in no way a criticism of Dallaglio who is an excellent pundit and campaigner.
1/4 @TelegraphNews The study showing Schools are cutting time spent on PE lessons because of exam pressures, as published in yesterday’s Telegraph comes as a huge shock to me. Through Dallaglio RugbyWorks we engage some of the most disadvantaged young people in England and Wales
— Lawrence Dallaglio (@dallaglio8) February 21, 2018