Current Wallaroos Backs Coach and new Melbourne Rebels Super W Assistant Peter Breen believes upskilling players will be the key for team improvement in 2020.
Breen, a former Mitre 10 player with Otago and Northland, and founder of social media juggernaut Rugby Bricks, joins the Club’s Super W set-up with highly regarded experience in player development coaching in both men’s and women’s international rugby.
The New Zealand native, who recently moved to Melbourne two years ago and has played with local Club Harlequins, wants to help improve the Rebels’ on-field results following two tough seasons.
Breen believes a massive cornerstone of that improvement will be building on the one on one ability of current squad members, rather than a hail-mary solution.
“I think a lot of the girls we have now who have got to Super W have missed a lot of that individual skill development,” Breen said.
“(We want them to be a) really skilful rugby player which then allows them to dominate a game and beat the opposition one on one.
“If we can upskill each of the girls then all of a sudden, the team stuff will take care of itself.”
One of the exciting aspects Breen is looking forward to about his newfound role with the Club, is helping nurture and develop the current and next generation of Wallaroos talent.
“The opportunity came about to get involved (with the Rebels) in seeing more of the Super W girls and competition,” Breen said.
“Not only watch our girls but check out the other girls from the other states, so it’s worked out perfect.”
Following his first month with the Super W squad, Breen will get the chance to see the side’s first competitive hit out when the Rebels play both Tasmania and South Australia in trial matches on Saturday at Box Hill Rugby Union Club.
Breen believes the fixtures will not only be a good hit out for those already in the squad, but for players from both South Australia and Tasmania to put their hand up for selection in the Rebels’ Super W squad.
“We’ve had a great month with the girls we’ve got, and the energy has been good in developing themes on how we want to play,” Breen said.
“We’re really keen to see our girls dominate and play well, but (we also want to) have a look at the other two teams we’re playing and seeing if there’s some talent in there that we can tap into as well."