Former Tigers coach Michael Maguire has revealed he knocked again the possibility to change into Wallabies assistant underneath Eddie Jones.
Instead, the 49-year-old determined to remain in rugby league, becoming a member of Ricky Stuart’s Raiders in a bid to return to a head teaching function sooner or later.
According to the SMH, Maguire was headhunted by Jones to affix his teaching employees after signing on for a second stint with the Wallabies in January.
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Jones was reportedly determined for Maguire to take over as defensive coach for Australia’s rugby union group, however he couldn’t flip his again on Ricky Stuart after committing to the group from the nation’s capital.
“I’d love to work with Eddie,” Maguire advised the Herald.
“I’ve known Eddie for a long time; he’s a fanatical Souths fan.
“We spent quite a bit of time catching up during my time at Souths. He does love rugby league, but his passion is obviously on the union side at the moment.
“I’ve stayed in touch with him. He’s a high achiever in everything he’s done in the coaching space over a long period of time.
“I love Eddie’s mentality; he trains his players at a high level, and we probably have the same mentality in many of the things we do.”
Maguire expressed his want to win a contest within the NRL and spoke concerning the “hunger” in Canberra’s camp and the way he was “honest” with Stuart after Jones’ method.
The former Rabbitohs head coach got here by means of the teaching ranks on the Raiders within the early 2000s, earlier than departing for the Storm in 2004.
“At this present moment, I’m really enjoying my time at Canberra. The thought of winning another competition, whether it be here or wherever it may be, I’m very hungry for that once again,” Maguire stated.
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“He was well and truly aware (of the Wallabies offer).
“That’s part of being a strong team, you need to be open and honest with the people around you. I’m very appreciative of what ‘Stick’ has done in giving me an opportunity here.
“With Stick, I’m really enjoying working with him. Being away for 15 years, the whole place has transformed.
“It’s a different feel down here in the community, you can feel the hunger for the Raiders. It feels a bit like the early ’90s. Getting back to that success would be very nice.”
Stuart additionally backed his assistant to return to a head teaching function after a nightmare stint with the Tigers which noticed him sacked mid-season.
“I’ve got not doubt that Madge will be a head coach in the NRL again; I believe it won’t be too far away. I’ve known Madge for a long time, he’s a good person and we have very similar thoughts in regards to coaching,” Stuart stated.
“He will coach NRL again, which is why it was a very smart decision not to jump across to rugby union. He’s just having a break from the head coaching role and freshening up to go again.”
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