The 1014 Rugby were incredibly fortunate to get an Eddie O’Sullivan Interview in The Shed. Eddie goes into great detail about a number of topics around what makes a Six Nations coach tick.

With the Six Nations in full swing, The 1014 felt it was hugely important to get some insight from the man who helped transform Ireland into the powerhouse they are now.

Eddie was at the helm for Ireland’s first Triple Crown in 19 years. He gave the captaincy to the incomparable Brian O’Driscoll. Three Triple Crowns, four consecutive victories over England and victories over both Australia and South Africa (two-a-piece) speak volumes of his contribution.

In the Eddie O’Sullivan Interview, we touch on subjects like:

  • How can you tell if the team are in a good space? Is it as simple as listening at the door of the canteen?
  • The importance of leadership groups within a team.
  • How to blood new players. What the risks are. Are the risks worth it for the long-term career of someone?
  • Should we be criticising coaches for their selections when they have all the metrics?
  • What is the difference between a 20-year-old coming into the system nowadays compared to 20 years ago?
  • If you are an up-and-coming coach, what do you need to succeed at this level?

There is a lot more in this interview that outlined above and Eddie does not give oneliner answers. There is real depth and thought behind each and every answer. And if I am completely honest, the answers and insights completely blew me away.

If you have any interest whatsoever in the Six Nations do not miss this interview.

From The Shed

For more Six Nations content from The 1014 check out our playlist on YouTube. And if you haven’t seen our team analysis articles they can be found here for England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

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