By Simon Galinier
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We know more about the future of the English technician Joe Worley (45 years old). Defense Coach Castres since 2019, he left the CO at the end of this 2021-2022 season ended in a Top 14 final lost against Montpellier.
Asked by the British site Rugbypass, the former third line international winger (78 selections), world champion in 2003, spoke of his personal future which will be written far from France and the Top 14, where he will have spent his Last 10 years, at UBB, from 2012 to 2018, then in Castres.
“It’s time for my personal development with a Master’s course”
Joe Worsley says he wants time off and wants to “take a break from full-time training”, despite interest from several French clubs. His daily life therefore boils down to his role as coach and defense consultant for Georgia for at least the next 18 months, that is until the 2023 World Cup in France.
“In Georgia, I really like people who are passionate about the game and being part of that environment is something I really enjoy. It is this passion for rugby that I love above all else,” he said, before continuing:
I had a great time in Castres and also in Bordeaux for 10 years in France, but now it’s time for my personal development with a Master’s course. Club rugby is amazing and I’m going to miss the weekly ups and downs, but it’s only for a year and a half and then I’m going to come back to it.
“Georgia needs to play against Tier 1 nations more often”
Worsley’s ambition is “to help Georgia approach the World Cup in France”. “I have various commitments which means I won’t be with them until the game against Portugal (next weekend). After having already helped the Lelos during the 2019 World Cup in Japan, he explains that he has remained in contact with Georgian coach Levan Maisashvili and will have the same role as defense consultant next year at the World Cup in France, where Georgia will face Australia, Fiji, Wales and the winner of the final repechage tournament, which will take place in November 2022.
Happy and proud of the historic performance signed by the Lelos against Italy (28-19, last Saturday, the English technician knows, as long as there is still a lot to do to continue to develop rugby in Georgia. According to him , it is crucial to increase Georgia’s number of games against major Tier 1 nations and find a viable competition for a new Georgia provincial team (it could be the Currie Cup in South Africa) while helping the franchise professional, Black Lion, to climb the European ladder:
I hope there will be a provincial team that will compete in a competition like the Currie Cup in South Africa, but the trip for that seems crazy. They need to find a workable solution that gives players constant exposure to a decent level of rugby. On top of that, the international team needs as much exposure as possible in Tier 1 matches and more competition with the top nations in the world.
Worsley concluded his remarks by explaining that there are a lot of factors to consider, “including how the players are trained in the country”, with a “national league which is probably not competitive enough to prepare the players at international rugby. “One thing is certain, his high-level experience and his defense science will be invaluable for the Lelos, who point to 12e world rank, after jumping 14 places last weekend.
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