GARETH Southgate may inspire England’s rugby league players to world titles – after witnessing how he can tell footballers the brutal truth.
The 11-a-side national boss spoke to the 13-a-side 13 stars at a recent squad meeting, with more meetings planned ahead of their home tournament in the fall.
But trainer Shaun Wane revealed the exchange could be two-sided – and the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling could soon be told in no uncertain terms what to do.
Wane, who will be frustrated as a May 3 training session is canceled due to injuries, said: “The meeting Gareth came to was very, very tough and straight forward, very no nonsense.
“And he really loved how easy it was that the players didn’t have a chance to leave without understanding what we’re expecting.
“He really took that out of the meeting – how to be really open and direct in your messages, and he enjoyed the way we did that.
“Gareth said things about his learnings after being at major tournaments with England and dealing not only with players but also with club owners and CEOs.
“And considering football is our national game the pressure on him to perform was immense, like nothing we’ll ever go through and to see how calm and knowledgeable he was was impressive.
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“I can understand now, after speaking to him many times, why he gets such a reaction from his players.
“And I can definitely take that with me to our World Cup campaign. I learned a lot and he said he learned a lot while he was with us.
“Gareth will come to other sessions and games of the World Cup. He spoke very well and we hope to be able to win many more speakers.”
Wane insisted it was up to St Helens hooker James Roby to reverse his international retirement by contacting him.
And he will see NRL-based players next month who received all the tapes of Southgate’s speech, including Brisbane’s Herbie Farnworth, who is back in the good books after improving his game, including learning the art of timekeeping.
Wane added, “He’s a talent and a good athlete. I can definitely see him play at the World Cup.
“He comes to meetings on time – people might think it’s nothing, but for me details are everything.”
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