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Tuesday, 20 October 2009 11:03

Glenwood's Rugby Coach Ranked Tops !

Jake White, Sean Erasmus and Eddie Jones Jake White, Sean Erasmus and Eddie Jones

Sean Erasmus, the current Glenwood High School 1st XV Rugby Coach and Sharks U19 Technical Analysis Rugby coach, was recently sponsored by Discovery SharkSmart and nominated by the KZNRU, to attend the Jake White's Winning Ways Coaching Course held at Kearsney College.

The course is a new initiative by Jake White and his World Cup Winning Coaching staff to expose all coaches to the experience they have gained in their four year build up to winning the World Cup. Coaches on the course are exposed to all of the training and coaching material used by the Springboks whilst being coached by Jake White.

Jake White had this to say about the reasoning behind his new coaching course; "I was a schoolmaster and I coached against some brilliant schools coaches who, if given the right exposure and opportunities, could well have a professional career in coaching. This course is the first step to giving them an opportunity to learn but to also show off their talent, but more than that it will add a further dimension to schools rugby overall and entrench South Africa as the best schoolboy rugby nation. We have fantastic schools players, but we also have very talented schools coaches."

Sean said that it was a great experience to be in the company of Springbok Coaches and to hear how they built a season geared at winning the World Cup. All the support staff shared their experiences with the coaches attending the course and held back no information. During the course they analysed the first test between the Springboks and British Lions and discussed various technical aspects used by top teams in the world.  This included dissecting phases and set pieces of play picking up patterns. The course lasted for three days and in that time all the participants also had practical sessions with Jake White and Eddie Jones on the field. They worked with a group of Under 16 rugby players from Kearsney College and it was great to see the improvement of the boys after only three days.

On the eve of the final day all coaches attending the course were given the task of preparing a week of training with the participants acting as the Springbok coach in preparation of a Springbok test vs. the British and Irish Lions. The task, which had to be completed by the following morning, had to include detail of what game plan each 'coach' would put in place against the Lions and what team they would select to play in the Springbok Jersey including a motivation for their choices. It was a tough task and Sean spent a lot of time putting together a training programme that would stimulate a Bok team and lead to a win against the British Lions team. This task was to be assessed by Jake White and Eddie Jones.

The Jake White's Winnings Way course was attended by 350 coaches across South Africa and many talented and high profile coaches attended the course. Sean was notified about a month after the last course was presented in Johannesburg that he had been selected by Jake White and Eddie Jones as the winner of the coaching course and rated 'number one coach' out of 350 coaches. In recognition of this achievement, Sean received prize money of R25, 000-00.

Last week Sean travelled to Johannesburg to meet with Jake White, Mark Keohane, Kevin Ferguson (Safika Media) and the three other coaches that were ranked in the top four.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Discovery Sharksmart and the KZNRU for this career moving opportunity and appreciate their confidence in my ability" said Sean.

By Pippa Rowe, October 2009

CAPTION: from left to right Jake White, Sean Erasmus and Eddie Jones