Former Wallaby legend David Campese has burned the Queensland Reds on social media after the side posted a photo of one of their players lifting weights.
Campese, who played 101 times for the Wallabies including 85 tests, asked the Reds why don’t they try improving their skills instead of lifting weights.
“How about trying to improve your skills?” he wrote.
“Getting sick of seeing players in the gym. You can’t win if you haven’t got the skills to play. And the will to try!”
The Queensland Reds responded advising Campese they are working on their kicking skills with new coach Dave Alred.
“Obviously, the gym is part of the game in the modern era but the players are doing plenty of on-field work as well to improve their skills, the appointment of Dave Alred as kicking coach is a clear indication of our attention to this space,” they wrote.
“The backs are working closely with Dave on all facets of kicking each week.”
Whether improved kicking skills will help is yet to be known. In Brad Thorn’s first year as head coach the Reds finished 13th out of a possible 16 places, with a 6-10 record.
The team finished 12th in points scored, 13th in tries scored and second-to-last in line breaks, offloads and passes as they played a conservative brand of rugby.
The Reds made some personnel changes over the off-season hiring defence coach Peter Ryan, who will double as a defence coach for local NRL side Brisbane Broncos, while Jim McKay has been appointed as the side’s new attack coach. The moves were applauded as astute signings with both coming in with strong pedigrees.
They officially jettisoned Quade Cooper (Melbourne Rebels) and Karmichael Hunt (Waratahs) from the playing roster in preparation for 2019.
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