Now, on the age of simply 32, the Welshman is a global head coach in his personal proper as the person answerable for Poland after a exceptional journey which has actually been something however run of the mill.
Hitt labored to advertise rugby in Wales for a number of years, however when his teaching dream began to change into an actual chance, he determined to show it right into a actuality.
He hasn’t appeared again since.
After stints with Wales Sevens, Samurai Rugby, and Germany, Hitt is now with Poland.
Christian Hitt in his time with Germany
“I created my very own path,” he stated.
“I’ve constructed my very own status as a result of I’m not an ex-professional or former worldwide. My background is that I’ve labored with everybody from three-year-old youngsters to senior internationals.
“I do suppose not being an ex-professional has been a difficulty and a blocker for me.
“It was a bit like ‘Chris is simply doing this as a little bit of a jolly’ and it has been troublesome and difficult, I’ll be sincere. You do get seems from folks which just about say ‘Effectively, what have you ever finished?’
“I’m fairly acutely aware of my status in teaching as a result of I don’t have one as a participant. I’m extra crucial on myself than others could be due to that.
“I do know I’ve to maintain creating myself so I’m in the course of doing a masters in the intervening time.”
I’m fairly acutely aware of my status in teaching as a result of I don’t have one as a participant. I’m extra crucial on myself than others could be due to that
Hitt has actually needed to do issues the exhausting approach.
There aren’t many aspiring younger coaches who’ve had among the experiences he’s had.
His subsequent problem is heading up Polish rugby.
“I’ve all the time recognized if I wish to be a coach, I’d must do it higher than different folks as a result of I haven’t received that ex-player background to fall again on,” he stated.
“A few of the experiences I’ve been in or had have been larger than any teaching badge. I don’t see Poland as my ceiling. I don’t what my ceiling is.
“If you happen to’d informed me 10 years in the past once I first began working for the WRU I’d have worldwide teaching expertise by now, then I’d have simply laughed.
“I don’t pigeon gap myself into one space. I’d like to work within the skilled recreation in Europe whether or not that’s at a membership or a nationwide crew.
“However the principle factor for me now could be to do job with Poland as a result of your status is just pretty much as good as your final job.”
Christian Hitt in his time working with Wales Sevens
If you happen to’d informed me 10 years in the past once I first began working for the WRU I’d have worldwide teaching expertise by now, then I’d have simply laughed
Rugby will not be skilled in Poland, however it’s on the up. The nationwide facet are ranked 34th on this planet and play within the Rugby Europe Trophy – two tiers under the Six Nations.
That competitors has been cancelled this 12 months due to Covid-19 leaving Hitt loads of time to stand up to hurry forward of the 2021-22 season.
“We wish to develop our participant base in Poland,” stated Hitt, who will journey forwards and backwards from Wales when journey permits.
“The home league in Poland is creating and it’s simply received on to the principle sports activities TV channel there which is nice as a result of the mainstream sports activities are soccer and handball.
“The Polish home league is carrying on and I’m capable of see these video games on-line.”
One of many issues going through tier two and three nations is that among the finest gamers eligible to play for them select to not as it could impression their membership contracts and sophistication them as overseas gamers.
Christian Hitt doing what he does finest – teaching
Alex Lozowski is Polish certified, however his expertise has seen him win 5 caps so far for England and likewise declare this season’s European Problem Cup with Montpellier.
Cardiff Blues prop Corey Domachowski may additionally play for Poland, however retains Wales ambitions.
Mikołaj Oledzki, presently enjoying rugby league with Leeds Rhinos, is one other who has slipped via the web.
“Dawid Rubasniak performs for Ebbw Vale and performed in opposition to the Netherlands final 12 months. At that degree, he’s a standout participant and actually useful,” stated Hitt.
“He’s instance of somebody who isn’t going to destroy his profession by getting capped for Poland. If and hopefully after we could make the leap as much as the Championship with Poland, I hope it should open up just a few extra doorways.
“I perceive the political facet of it for gamers. They’re trying to make the Polish league skilled within the subsequent 12 months or two.
“Every thing that’s taking place in Poland from a rugby perspective is optimistic. I wish to be a part of creating the nationwide crew for the long run.”
Every thing that’s taking place in Poland from a rugby perspective is optimistic. I wish to be a part of creating the nationwide crew for the long run