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Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:58 am
Posted by Rhinoshaund III on Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:58 am
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Mash Butty wrote:
Is that a position created so that if relegated, he wouldn't be responsible for it?


As bad as things are, and it feels worse than 2016 this season, Im pretty confident that we finish top 3 in middle 8's and more than likely top. Relegation isnt an issue.
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Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:02 am
Posted by Rhinoshaund III on Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:02 am
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The Devil's Advocate wrote:
So, is this new "dream team" of Sinfield / Lowes just a quick fix before they appoint a high calibre coach, or is this the long term plan?


To be reviewed at the end of the season.

I would think Sinfield is long term and Lowes depends on what happens this year.

Finish in top 8 and get to Wembley I would suggest Lowes gets a rolling contract. Finish top 3 of middle 8's and get to Wembley same result.

Finish in Million Pound game and get knocked out of CC and flirt with relegation then another "higher calibre" coach is brought in.

Either way, Sinnys here for the long haul I reckon. And very much protected.
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Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:09 am
Posted by bramleyrhino on Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:09 am
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I suspect Sinfield is long-term. Taking on some of Hetherington's responsibilities on issues like recruitment and player development isn't something that you give to a temp. Let's not forget that Hetherington is 64 - this is probably the start of his exit plan.
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Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:35 am
Posted by Gronk! on Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:35 am
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If it's the same as Wells at Cas and Ellis at Hull then it's the middle man between the coach and CEO, in charge of Rugby matters so things like signings, contract extensions etc.
Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:43 am
Posted by Noel Cleal on Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:43 am
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Halifax1989 wrote:
Kevin Sinfield to return to Leeds as "Director of rugby".

This is a similar title to what Peacock has at Hull KR. What do their duties entail, how does it differ from the head coach?


The idea is that he is the decision maker at the club for anything that required Rugby knowledge.

So the key responsibility is hiring and firing of the coaching staff from first team to junior to scouts.

He is also the figure head for the club in terms of Rugby matters. So he would comment on the general form of the team and the clubs stance on refereeing etc.

He will have a big input in to who gets signed by the club and the make up of the squad and will likely be the first contact in any negotiations.

From the way he has conducted himself at the RFL regarding the media, he seems to be quite good at the job. Having him at Leeds will also be a winner with their fans. I suspect Gary Hetherington will have done a lot the Director of Rugby role until now. So maybe this is the first step in him having less involvement in the on field activities.

The issue would seem to be Lowes. He strikes me as a similar coach to Graham Steadman and Keiron Cunningham. A talented player who found the game natural and struggles to articulate what is needed to the players.

I, like others, are cunfused by this side of the appointments.
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Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:50 am
Posted by Noel Cleal on Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:50 am
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Ah Hetherington has said that the coaching team will be reviewed in 2019. So maybe not the strangest choice after all.

Source is journos via Twitter at the press conference.
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Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:59 am
Posted by AS108 on Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:59 am
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The statement is quite confusing. The impression I get is that Sinfield is really head coach and Lowes is his assistant but if it all goes wrong Lowes will get the blame. Not sure how you can be director of rugby but ‘take charge’ of the game on Sunday. The fact that the announcement was all about Sinfield also suggests that. It’s either that or Sinfield does everything on the side of player selection, style of play, recruitment and Lowes just trains them. Either way I don’t get it and it’s a bizarre appointment. If I was a Leeds fan (although it’s great to see a legend back) I wouldn’t be particularly delighted, it comes across as the cheap option.
Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:01 pm
Posted by Mild Rover on Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:01 pm
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bramleyrhino wrote:
Isn't Peacock's role more around issues like player welfare?


His role has ‘evolved’ from what I can gather.

He was brought in as full-time DoR to overhaul our rugby department, and oversee/take a lead on recruitment, ahead of 2016. Through a combination of pre-existing problems, bad luck, complacency and naivety (in no particular order), 2016 went very badly. In fairness to the guy, he immediately offered his resignation after we were relegated.

Since then he’s reverted to part time with us and Sheens seems to be the main man for rugby decisions. People have suggested Peacock is playing more of a role on the commercial side, but whatever he’s doing, his profile is much lower at Rovers than it was when he arrived with the initial fanfare.
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Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:15 pm
Posted by casben on Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:15 pm
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Is the "Director of Rugby" title a way of getting round obtaining coaching badges which I suspect Sinfield hasn't got yet?
Re: Director of rugby
Post Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:17 pm
Posted by RoyBoy29 on Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:17 pm
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Got to take the "highs" with the lowes
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