Georgia coach Milton Haig says the lessons learned from his visit to the Blues High Performance Centre this week would benefit the national rugby side for years to come.
Since Monday, the Blues have hosted the national coach of Georgia and his staff, including forwards coach Brad Harris, defence coach Levan Maisashvili, and national academy manager Zaza Legava, offering them a rare behind-the-scenes look at the running of the Super Rugby club.
“It’s been a wonderful opportunity for us to come and see what the Blues are doing and expose our coaches to the set up here,” said Haig. “We’re already buzzing with ideas to take back to strengthen the Georgian national side.”
Haig is no stranger to New Zealand rugby, of course, having coached the Counties Manukau Steelers between 2008 and 2011, where he worked alongside Blues assistant coach Steve Jackson.
“For me, the visit has been a good refresher. It reiterates that we’re on the right track in terms of our coaching philosophy and skills, and it’s been great to see Tana and his coaching team in action.”
Meanwhile, rugby in Georgia continues to get stronger. The nation has already qualified for the next Rugby World Cup, and later this year it will host the World Rugby U20 Championship.
“The game is just growing exponentially,” said Haig. “When I first joined we had three rugby fields, and two of them weren’t any good. Now we have 20 fields, world-class rugby facilities, and a growing pool of talented players. Hopefully that growth will continue.”