Leicester’s Richard Wigglesworth wants to keep a calm approach to coaching

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Leicester Tigers interim coach Richard Wigglesworth has revealed that after his side’s notable 40-5 defeat to the Sale Sharks, he didn’t need to “turn the table” to show his side had made a few mistakes.

Wigglesworth replaced Steve Borthwick, who took over as England’s head coach at the end of last year. The 39-year-old former scrum midfielder subsequently retired from the game to temporarily take over the role of the Tigers.

Calm and calculating

Despite a recent big loss, the former Saracens player claims to have kept his composure in the dressing room, and although he is a passionate person, says he wants to take a calculated approach.

“There were a few who were worried about me walking into the dressing room but I was calm enough, calm enough,” Wigglesworth said ahead of Leicester’s clash with Newcastle.

“I’ve been in the locker rooms where you were beaten hard and sometimes you had a racket and sometimes you didn’t. Did it affect what you did the following week? Not so much… I’ve been to a lot of them and I didn’t have to go into that locker room and turn over the table to let them know something was wrong.

“As a character, you would describe me as emotional. You know I’m there, you know I’m around, I’d be pretty loud but I’d like to think I’ve been in the game long enough and had enough coaches who first pumped at various times to know that’s not what you want to do. This will not work for a long time. Yes, I want to be calm and thoughtful, but I want to be really authentic, be myself with skills, so I’m going to try to improve my skills as much as possible.

Informed by some of the best

Wigglesworth has had a long career at Sale, Saracens and finally Leicester, where he has worked with several coaches – all of whom have influenced who he is as a coach.

“I’ve thought about it a lot: I’ve had so many good ones that if I name them, I’ll feel like I’m missing guys because the people I’ve played under, their achievements speak for themselves. So I’ve learned a lot from the time I first went to Sale, through the brilliant trainers I had at Saracens, to working under Steve.

“The reason I came to Leicester was Steve because I met him and he was like the guy I worked with in England – I knew he was good and he got more than I expected. So I was able to work under and for some elite coaches at club and international level.

“I tried to take, steal and borrow the best from them, but now I’m the one standing in front of the players, I’m the one trying to be the best coach I can be. I’m just trying to learn as much as possible from them.”

Leicester are sixth in the Premiership table and Wigglesworth will hope to return to winning ways and climb into the top four, just two points short of the top four.

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