Rugby. Joe Worsley has turned down several clubs – he’s taking a “break” and focusing on a selection

Joe Worsley left the Top 14 this summer, after 10 years in France alongside Bordeaux-Bègles and Castres.(© Icon Sport)

We know more about the future of the English coach Joe Worsley (45 years old). Defense Coach Castres from 2019, he left the CO at the end of this 2021-2022 season which ended with a Top 14 final lost against Montpellier.

Asked by the British website Rugbypass, the former third-tier international (78 national team), world champion in 2003, spoke about his personal future that will be written away from France and the Top 14, where he will have spent his last 10 years. , at the UBB, from 2012 to 2018, then in Castres.

“It’s time for my personal development with a master’s degree”

Joe Worsley says he wants free time and wants to “take a break from full-time training,” despite the interest of several French clubs. Therefore, his daily life will focus on his role as Georgia’s defense coach and consultant 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’s that 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 degree. Club rugby is amazing and I will miss the weekly ups and downs, but it’s only for a year and a half and then I’ll be back.

Joe WorsleyGeorgia Defense Coach

“Georgia should play more often against level 1 nations”

Worsley’s ambition is to “help Georgia get closer to the World Cup in France.” “I have several commitments, which means I will not be with them until the match against Portugal (next weekend). After having already helped the Lelos during the 2019 World Cup in Japan, he explains that he has kept in touch with the Georgian coach Levan Maisashvili and who next year will have the same role as a defense consultant at the World Cup in France, where Georgia will face Australia., Fiji, Wales and the winner of the final playoff tournament, which will take place on November 2022.

Happy and proud of the historic performance signed by the Lelos against Italy (28-19, last Saturday, the English coach knows, as long as there is much left to do to continue developing rugby in Georgia. According to him, it is crucial to increase the number of matches Georgia against the top level 1 nations and find a viable competition for a new Georgia provincial team (could be the Currie Cup in South Africa) while helping the franchise’s professional, Black Lion, rise to the top. European scale:

I hope there is 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 viable solution that offers players constant exposure to a decent level of rugby. In addition, the international team needs the maximum possible exposure to level 1 matches and more competition with the best nations in the world.

Joe WorsleyGeorgia Defense Consultant

Worsley concludes his talk by explaining that there are many factors to consider, “including how players are trained nationally”, with a “national league that is probably not competitive enough to prepare players for international rugby”. “One thing is certain, their high-level experience and defense science will be invaluable for the Lelos, who aim for 12e world ranking, after jumping 14 places last weekend.

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