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Queensland confirm 2017 is McIntyre’s final season in Red

Queensland confirm 2017 is McIntyre’s final season in Red

Queensland coach Nick Stiles has this morning confirmed rumours that out-of-favour flyhalf Jake McIntyre has signed with French Top 14 club Agen.

News broke in the French press early this morning that McIntyre would join the club based in France’s south-west once his contract with Queensland is completed at the end of this season.

Stiles was full of praise for the departing playmaker who steered the ship for Richard Graham in a disastrous 2015 season at the helm of the Reds.

“Jake is an absolutely quality individual and a great example to other players about how to prepare for a football game,” Stiles said.

“He’s a real professional with how he goes about his business and I was excited that he was able to pick up a contract and continue to play professionally because he’s such a good bloke.”

With a number of exciting flyhalves already on the Queensland books including Wallabies star Quade Cooper and Australian U20s Hamish Stewart on the rise, Stiles said it was easy to understand why an individual in McIntyre’s position would seek opportunities overseas.

“Being a flyhalf is very difficult, you need to put a  lot of time into understanding and implementing the gameplan and bringing out the best in the players around you, and Jake worked very hard on that.

“He’s only 23, and sometimes a stint overseas can sharpen you up and as we’ve seen with the fluid movement of footballers internationally, going overseas doesn’t mean he’s finished in Australia,” Stiles said.

Agen won promotion to the Top 14 in 2017/2018 by defeating US Mountauban 41-20 in the Pro D2 promotion playoff last season.

McIntyre will likely partner former Springbok Ricky Januarie in the halves after starting just three matches for the Reds this year.

  • Bay35Pablo

    This is Aussie rugby in a nutshell.
    Is McIntyre just the latest in a long list of “never quite got theres”, along with Manny Edmonds, Sam Norton-Knight, Brock James, etc? Who will likely go on to play for a long period in France and make a mint?
    Or is he another Aussie let down by the Aussie system? Too few pro spots (soon to be less is Force or Rebels go), and not enough apparent development of playmakers? Why is it we seem to have so few “X factor” playmakers (e.g. Beale, Cooper, both with their flaws) yet NZ seems to churn them out?
    It may be McIntyre never was at that grade, but it seems to me we have this uncanny ability to fail to develop players. Of all positions. How many players have we had here that got picked up by NZ sides and suddenly bloomed. It’s the coaching and systems.
    How does a country that produced the Ellas, Lynagh, Larkham, etc not have a system to identify and develop those players, which are usually the ones that you need to make the difference and win Tests and RWCs? Seems to me those players make the top level despite the system, not because of it?

    • nmpcart

      Fair point but perhaps some of those players who went overseas and thrived were just better suited to the type of game there. Even NZ has quite a few like that – Jimmy Gopperth who was at the Hurricanes but never quite looked the goods has done very well in the UK for instance.

      Like you I lament how there is such an inability to develop playmakers in Australia. I have long thought that Australian rugby should be holding special camps for aspiring inside backs, run by successful playmakers and coaches of those skills, to give the specialised training and guidance that these roles need. Not all of the participants will go on to really have what is needed at the top level but at the very least they should go back to their clubs and provide an improved skill set. Imagine people like Andrew Mehrtens, Grant Fox, Mark Ella, Carlos Spencer etc who could provide a lot of hands on coaching for short sessions over a few weekends a year to help these players better understand their game?

      • Brendan Hume

        True of every position. The game has such vast skill requirements for specific positions (think props, hookers, locks, outside backs). Coordinating such development opportunities wouldn’t be a difficult task, but would require some vision and commitment – vision for the skill sets to be taught and the way Australian’s want to play rugby, and commitment to educating future stars of the sport… both things seem to be sadly lacking in Australia at the moment.

      • jamie

        I can’t understand why Australia has such trouble with playmakers, considering so many of the best #10’s in history are ours, and we used to be renowned for creative backlines. Amazingly creative backlines.

        We’ve coached the ingenuity out of our players… Professionalism in Australian rugby has sent us looking backwards. We forgot we’re playing rugby, not taking part in a military drill.

    • Andy

      I think it’s a bit from “all of the above”. Coaching and development as a team is certainly a factor. Individual skills coaching is probably also a problem. And I do think some players just aren’t good enough or don’t suit the style of southern hemisphere rugby. From what I could see, McIntyre was a very limited player in physical attributes and skill. That could be a combination of the top. Chances are if he was a kiwi he would be a better player but that wouldn’t guarantee he would get a contract in NZ……

    • sambo6

      “Is McIntyre just the latest in a long list of “never quite got theres”, along with Manny Edmonds, Sam Norton-Knight, Brock James, etc? Who will likely go on to play for a long period in France and make a mint?”

      Does former wallaby flyhalf, James O’Connor, sit in this category?:)

      • Bakkies

        JOC has left France and signed a lengthy contract with Sale.

        Zack Holmes is a better example now joining Toulouse for this coming season.

        Then you have the likes of Paul Warwick and Dan Parks who never played Super Rugby. Both carved out lengthy careers in the Pro 12 while the Waratahs couldn’t produce a flyhalf to save themselves.

        Manny Edmonds doesn’t count as he was recruited from the ACT (ex Vikings and Erindale College).

        • sambo6

          I was more going for the humour that JOC wasn’t in the ‘never quite got there’ camp, but more in the ‘got there and then f#cked it right up’ camp….

          Particularly in light of the fact that Steve Diamond at Sale has seemingly signed him primarily as a fly-half….

        • Bakkies

          Will see how long JOC will survive with some no nonsense northern discipline.

      • Kevino

        You forgot Paul Warwick

        • Alister Smith

          Paul is perhaps one example where his style of play may have been more suited to northern hemisphere rugby. He had a terrific kicking game, very long boot and was an excellent organiser. His brother was a very handy winger as well. However, I think perhaps we get carried away a bit with the running rugby thing at times. It shouldn’t mean that you run it from every situation. Entertaining the crowd is one thing but I personally get significant entertainment from seeing a fly-half kick execute a long clearing kick from his quarter well into the oppositions half, followed by good defence, a turnover and a scoring opportunity in their quarter. I think an overemphasis on playing rugby one way is a dangerous ideology and picking a fly-half who can just play one way but is unable to read the situation and implement what is required will have limited success. I think we have some players who have strong skill sets in terms of individual skills but lack game management. That may have come about from coaching of long multi-phase plays and over coaching. I personally don’t like it when coaches say we will take players out of games and have fortnight long training schedules or in academies because they can simulate game conditions and get a lot more out of it than a game but i don’t agree. With young players especially I personally think the more games they play the better they will become. Particularly young players playing in the grades where they will be challenged by older, more experienced players.

        • Kevino

          He was very suited to the Northern Hemisphere, ended up being a great full back because he was behind O’Gara for fly half.

          I’d imagine if a fly half with the same skill set was coming through now every super team in Oz would be trying to snap him up.

          That game against the Wallabies he was awesome, really showed what Oz rugby had lost with him moving abroad.

    • Bakkies

      Larkham and the Ellas came from outside the traditional system. Neither went to big private schools that the likes of Lynagh, Cooper and Beale went through.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Mate until Australia develops a national coaching strategy and develops world class coaches, instead of appointing their mates the struggle will continue. We broke that mate mould quite a few years ago and are seeing the benefits now

    • Bernie Chan

      Jeez..you mentioned some flyhalfs at the TAHs during a period where they went through a whole bunch. Others were Bowen and Halangahu..(now coaching in NZ?, )…one season or so and then gone. Can’t recall the TAHs coach(s) at the time..
      McIntyre was a solid flyhalf but never quite made the transition to Super Rugby. Now the pressure is on Hamish Stewart somewhat, though Duncan Paia-Aua may get the first run at flyhalf should QC get sidelined.

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