Laurie Fisher on The Great Divide

Gloucester coach Laurie Fisher oversees a Wallabies scrum session in last 2014.

Gloucester coach Laurie Fisher oversees a Wallabies scrum session in late 2014.

ESPNscrum.com: Michael Cheika begins his journey toward the Rugby World Cup in earnest this week, and while results are important during The Rugby Championship, the Australian rugby public also knows that where the end game really lies.

From that regard, it was wonderful to speak with former Brumbies Director of Rugby, and now Gloucester Head Coach, Laurie Fisher, to get that perspective from someone with recent experience in both Australia and England.

Having experienced both within the last twelve months, there may not be anyone better placed to give us an insight into the current differences in the way the game is played in the northern and southern hemispheres.

The ARU’s clever ’60 + 7’ flow-on effects

"...players such as Nick Phipps (pictured), Liam Gill, Matt Toomua and Israel Folau, who don't tick either of the '60+7' boxes, may now be subject to ever-more lucrative offers to head overseas." Image via Wallabies Facebook

“…players such as Nick Phipps (pictured), Liam Gill, Matt Toomua and Israel Folau, who don’t tick either of the ’60+7′ boxes, may now be subject to ever-more lucrative offers to head overseas.” Image via Wallabies Facebook

ESPNscrum.com: Much has been written of the Australian Rugby Union’s recent policy shift on selecting overseas-based players, and not surprisingly, it was quickly dubbed “Giteau’s Law”, for the highly-likely Test rebirth of the 92-Test Wallaby and reigning French Top 14 Player of the Year, Matt Giteau.

The qualification requirement of 60 Tests and seven years’ service is not going to apply to every Australian player going overseas, and this is one of the things I like about the policy shift the most. It shouldn’t be a catch-all; representing the country from outside Australia should be even harder than from within.

And one of the flow-on effects of the new policy is that marquee Australian players will, from 2016, be less attractive to overseas-based clubs than they were before, as I discovered speaking with former Brumbies and now Gloucester coach, Laurie Fisher, recently..

Confirming what you know: the ongoing rugby education of Laurie Fisher

ESPNscrum.com: I’ve been lucky enough to interview Laurie Fisher several times over the years, and the former Brumbies Forwards Coach and now English Premiership club Gloucester Head Coach has always been as insightful as he’s been easy to talk to.

With his side amid preparations to take on Edinburgh in the European Challenge Cup Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday night, and having spoken to him soon after announcing his move from Australia to Gloucester late in the 2014 Super Rugby season, I jumped at the chance to give him a call again this week, just to find out if he’s experienced any massive differences changing hemispheres..

The Coaches: Laurie Fisher

ESPNscrum.com: In the latest of my series this year profiling the best clipboard-holders in the game, I was lucky enough to speak to Brumbies Director of Rugby, Laurie Fisher, ahead of their Qualifying Final against the Chiefs in Canberra this Saturday night.

Recently announced as Head Coach for Aviva Premiership club Gloucester, Fisher spoke openly on a number of topics, including the timing of the Gloucester move, his time at the Brumbies, and revealing thoughts on the heavy player involvement back during the glory days of the Brumbies.

You can hear the full audio of my interview below, and the article is live on ESPNscrum now