When the new coach gets the football equipment he wants, the players can be free to be happy
When Eddie McGuire arrives at the helm of the St Helens Tigers, he is the first to take to the field.
In the early hours of a Monday morning, he steps out onto the field and looks out over the St George Illawarra Warriors field, a huge white wall.
“It’s very much like the training ground.
I don’t know if it’s a new facility, but it’s quite like a training ground,” McGuire says.
McGuire, who was the director of rugby in New Zealand, is a man with a flair for the dramatic.
“I like to do it on the fly, so you’re seeing things and thinking about things before you actually do it,” he says.
So how much of this will he get in the end?
McGuires first visit to the Warriors will be a homecoming.
He has spent time with the club since January, taking his first training session.
“For me, the biggest thing is I’m going to have to make the team.
I think I can help them win games and get them a chance to play.”
But for the moment, I’m just trying to get them to a point where they’re not going to be able to play and I think we can get a few points there,” McGuires says.”
They have a great squad, a great coach, so I just want to give them a little bit of a chance.
“The only way to get that back is by winning games.
That’s what I’m trying to do.”
McGuims first Test start came against South Africa in July last year, with his debut in the Warriors’ 33-14 win.
McManus will be the fourth head coach to take charge of the club in 2017, following the likes of Ryan Hall, Matt Scott and Paul McGregor.
He will be joined on the coaching staff by former Warriors captain Josh Papalii, who has spent his first three years in charge.
McGillys last game was against the Tigers, when the Warriors beat the Warriors 32-7.
He has been at the club for seven seasons, and has been a long-term fixture at the Tigers.
McGuyens team have won six of their last seven games, including a 22-19 win against the Crusaders on Sunday.
The Tigers will be hoping to build on their momentum from the win over South Africa.
“We’re going to take it from there.
We’re not looking at this as a win-win,” McGuis says.
“We’ve just got to be a bit more focused and a bit smarter about what we do and how we work together.”
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