This seasons Director of Rugby of the year nominees has been released with some rather interesting choices. As would be expected Richard Cockerill of Leicester Tigers and Mark Mcall of Saracens are on the list. The other two nominees are Dai Young of Wasps and Lyn Jones of London Welsh.
Given Tigers continued form and second place position it is no wonder Cockerill is once again up for the award, especially after last seasons difficult start. Mcall has also down a fantastic job stepping up in Andy Farrell’s absence and has brought the kind of trying scoring prowess to Sarries we all knew they were capable of whilst still maintaining their stables foundations.
I must admit to being slightly baffled by Dai Young’s inclusion in this years nominations. Whilst Wasps made a great start to the season and at one point looked like they might be in contention for a top 4 finish, they have since tailed off dramatically and will now finish the season outside the top 6 and without a Heineken Cup place once again next season.
As for Lyn Jones, I can see no reason for his inclusion. Yes Welsh got thrown in at the deep end of Premiership rugby and for a time his team scored some magnificent results, but how can the Director of Rugby of a team that hasn’t won or looked like winning a game since December be nominated for this award?
I can see no reason that Rob Baxter has been overlooked for the award this season other than for the fact that he won it last year. Once again as Director of Rugby he has led a team without many big names to what looks like another season in the Heineken Cup.
For me this year the award should go to Mcall. Despite the big name signings for Sarries he has managed to gel them into a hard working team that not only do the basics consistently well but have also started to play some exciting rugby and at times are scoring tries seemingly for fun.