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Scott back in 128 days

NSW Waratahs assistant coach Scott Wisemantel (left), of Lennox Head, putting his men through a last-minute training session at Oakes Oval before tonight’s game against the Queensland Reds.
NSW Waratahs assistant coach Scott Wisemantel (left), of Lennox Head, putting his men through a last-minute training session at Oakes Oval before tonight’s game against the Queensland Reds. David Nielsen

IT’S only 128 days until Lennox Head rugby tragic Scott Wisemantel returns to the Northern Rivers.

But he isn’t counting.

Now employed by the NSW Waratahs as an assistant coach – or more specifically as a specialist backs coach – the 40-year-old has dodged a marital bullet in regards to the birth of his third child.

After two weeks in South Africa the 2008 premiership winner with the Lennox Head Trojans will return to his temporary home in Sydney where his wife and two children Kirra, 4, and Jaya, 3, will be waiting.

The Waratahs schedule, which then sees them host the Natal Sharks on March 6, means Mr Wisemantel won’t have to make the big decision between being with his beloved ’Tahs or witnessing the love of his life, Gabriel, give birth to his third child.

“Thank god for the scheduling. I think I’ve been pretty lucky with it but it is cutting it very fine,” Mr Wisemantel said.

“Gabriel will just have to cross her legs for a couple of weeks.”

With the strong South African connection surrounding the birth of his third child, there has been some interesting name suggestions from the Waratah players at training.

“They reckon I should name him after one of the Sharks players,” he said.

“Maybe Bizmark or Ruan could be the go. Then there is the Beast.”

In honour of Sharks prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, the Waratahs naming committee settled on Bizmark the Beast Wisemantel.

Girl names were not discussed.

Mr Wisemantel’s contract with the Waratahs runs out in May and the homesick Lennox clubman plans to return with his family.

“I love doing what I do. This is a great organisation to work for but at some stage you have to have a family life too,” he said.

“Some people live and some people exist, at the moment in a way I am living here in the Far North but existing down in Sydney.

“I want to live, with my family, at home in Lennox.”

Mr Wisemantel has a sports consultancy business and a house to return to at Lennox.

And for the record – as long as his wife is not reading – he reckons he has at least one good year with the Trojans left in him.



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