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Chile will fight for glory in the World Cup, says new australian coach

Chile will fight for glory in the World Cup, says new australian coach

Posted by José Peralta on October 14, 2014

A well-deserved 38-33 win on Saturday Oct. 3 against a selection of the best 15 from the Cuyo region of Argentina gives support to coach Paul Healy’s recent comment that, “We will see Chile in a World Cup,” as the Australian brings 30 years of playing and coaching experience into a five-year plan for the club.

With 15 years in top-flight rugby, Healy, 53, boasts an impressive number of professional achievements at both club and national level, including championship finals with French team Stade Français and two grand finals with Brothers Rugby Club, Australia. Healy worked with the Uruguayan national team in 2003, getting it into the World Cup where it defeated Georgia in Sydney. Healy’s skills could help push the popularity of the game in South America and add to Chile’s recent glory in “Rugby Sevens.”

In an interview with The Santiago Times, international rugby consultant Silvian Ioniţă discussed Healy’s coaching assets.

“I had the pleasure of working with Paul in Romania, where I scouted him, and his CV was of course impressive,” he said. “However, on closer inspection, it was clear that Paul is a very ambitious coach who will not only get the job done but work on the self-belief that every player needs if he wants to be a top athlete.”

“Paul is the kind of person who will get each player’s confidence up and motivate them, explaining to them individually what their role is, and where they can improve. Paul will aim for the highest objective,” he added.

The Oct. 3 game was relocated due to bad weather to Peumayén Rugby Club, close to the Chilean border in Argentina, dashing players’ hopes of performing before an international audience at the impressive Malvinas stadium in Argentina in a preliminary game to the Australia vs Argentina Rugby Championship final.

A clause in the contract between the Argentine Pumas and SANZAR, the southern hemisphere rugby association, stated that heavy rain before the final would result in cancellation of the preliminary game, due to damage to the pitch before the final.

Currently, Chile ranks fourth in South America, perpetually lagging behind Argentina, but is holding its own against Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay, where the sport is also increasing in popularity.

Chile was close to entering its first World Cup, to be held in 2015, but was held off by Uruguay in the qualifying stages.

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